Vermont Workers' Center

WAMC

Advocates and beneficiaries say Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin's plan to cut a key welfare-to-work program, by limiting the amount of time people get benefits, will increase poverty and homelessness in Vermont.

Shumlin wants to put a three-year limit on the time someone can be getting public assistance while they try to go to school or get into the workforce. His plan would allow two later extensions of benefits to total five years over a person's lifetime.