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A Vermont Debate: Funding for Lake Cleanup or Affordable Housing?

Phil Hall
May 05, 2017
When it comes to cleaning a lake or building affordable housing, some Vermont lawmakers believe their revenue is better served on dry land

When it comes to cleaning a lake or building affordable housing, some Vermont lawmakers believe their revenue is better served on dry land.
 
According to a WCAX.com report, the Vermont legislature supports a $35 million housing bond to boost affordable  housing development, but the proposed funding mechanism offered by the State Senate involves tapping a tax previously dedicated to environmental preservation programs for Lake Champlain. Republican Gov. Phil Scott admitted that he was not enthused about choosing one or the other, but that he would abide by the legislature’s decision.
 
"If the House and Senate are comfortable in taking some of that money away from water cleanup, then we're all in this together, I guess at this point," said Scott.
 
The housing bond bill is now before the Vermont House, but it is not certain if there are enough votes for it to pass.'

 
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