Children — 22% of our population, 100% of our future
The economy is hurting right now — and so are thousands of Vermont’s children and families. We don’t know yet how many more Vermonters’ economic survival will be threatened by the downturn, but we do know that thousands of families are already struggling and thousands of children are already growing up in poverty.
* 12,300 children each month needed food shelves in 2008
Our kids can’t wait for the economy to rebound to grow up. We need to make sure we support them now by continuing to fund programs and services that allow them to develop and thrive — and we can do that with a balanced approach that includes all options: using federal stimulus money, tapping into the rainy day fund, and raising new revenue. Vermont has choices in responding to the economic downturn. Investing in our kids and families is the best way to ensure a bright and prosperous future for Vermont.
Budget Cuts Will Hurt Children and Struggling Families
Click here for a list of rescissions and proposals that affect kids and families.
An extra $66 (per year in state taxes) for an individual making $46,700, or about the price of one small cup of coffee ($1.27) a week.
An extra $92 (per year in state taxes) for a couple earning $70,000, or about the price of a single movie ticket ($7.67) per month.
Public Assets Institute information on the economy and the budget
An Irrational Fear of Taxes: “According to the governor, some middle-income Vermonters can afford to give up 5 percent of their salaries to help balance the state budget. Meanwhile, he says, asking others with the same income to pay far less than 5 percent in additional taxes would make living in Vermont ‘unaffordable.’ ”
Recessions Past: What Worked Then Can Work Again: “The country has faced two other big recessions in the last 25 years—in the early 1980s and in the early 1990s—and Vermont’s response to those downturns is instructive about what the state can do this time.”