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Group calls for reforms in Vt. Human Services Agency

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

The group Campaign for Vermont is taking aim at one of the state's largest agencies.

The Agency of Human Services oversees the health department, mental health department, department of children and families and much more. Campaign for Vermont, which describes itself as a nonpartisan think tank, says the Agency of Human Services is requesting a $3 million budget increase, but reforms could be made to save money and improve services.

"There are some reforms over there that are needed but are institutionally resisted because, very often, people are very comfortable-- despite what is best for the clients-- feel more comfortable with the status quo, than modernizing themselves to save money and become more effective," said Tom Pelham of the Campaign for Vermont.

Campaign for Vermont says the instability of the state budget is the single biggest obstacle to building a secure economy. It wants lawmakers to limit this year's budget increase to inflation plus population growth.

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