FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 20th, 2023
Chief of Staff, Office of the Lt. Governor
News: Lt. Governor Zuckerman Releases Statement in response to Gov. Scott’s Budget Address
MONTPELIER, Vt: On Friday, in response to Gov. Phil Scott’s Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Address, Lt. Governor David Zuckerman issued the following Statement:
“I am happy to see that Governor Scott is making many of the investments that our state desperately needs. This proposed budget is very much in line with ideas and proposals from the general assembly that have been brought forth in previous years but were not supported by the administration. The infusion of federal dollars has shown what we can do for everyday Vermonters if we choose to make the investment.
“While the Governor indicated that we should not ask those with less to pay for those with more, I ask: why do we not ask those who can afford to to make the investments that we clearly see will help all Vermonters in the long run, especially those who are most vulnerable? For instance, with this year's infusion of $26 million, we will have spent $426 million on temporary housing in recent years. Had we invested more in affordable housing and support for our houseless population in previous years budgets, this money would not have been necessary to use in this way and would have been available to invest in further advancements for our communities. I appreciate today’s proposals to invest in our future. However, we need to build a framework so those investments can continue beyond one-time infusions.”