Vermont Democrats’ Out of Touch on Spending

Montpelier, VT – Over the strenuous objections of Vermont Republicans, Governor Peter Shumlin and House Speaker Shap Smith have consistently imposed budgets that have grown more than twice as fast as Vermont’s economy and Vermonters’ paychecks.

By all reasonable measures, their spending has consistently been far beyond what Vermont’s stagnant economy — and middle class Vermonters — can afford.

However, Democrats in Montpelier continue to defend the unsustainable spending that has created an unbearable cost of living for our working families and small businesses.

Even as state revenue projections continue to show Vermonters earning less and as Vermont confronts a $110-million Democrat Deficit, Democrats are still questioning whether there is a spending problem at all.

As reported (Anne Galloway, Lawmakers Flummoxed by Widening Budget Gap,, February 12, 2015), Rep. Alison Clarkson (D-Woodstock) stated in a committee meeting yesterday:

“It’s an assumption to say we’re spending too much. Maybe we are spending what we need to be spending. To me, it’s a big question maybe we’re spending the right amount. Maybe this is what we should be doing.” (Emphasis added)

It is important to note that this is the same Democrat who recently proposed that legislators be paid while the Legislature is not in session.

They just don’t get it. They don’t care that hard working Vermonters — and Vermont’s economy — can’t afford more spending.

It’s time for a change.