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Groups take aim at Shumlin tax credit scheme

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

More criticism Friday of the governor's plan to beef up child care subsidies.

It's not that there isn't support for helping low-income Vermonters pay for child care, it's the way the governor wants to pay for it. Shumlin wants to take 17-million dollars from the Earned Income Tax Credit. About 44-thousand Vermonters qualify for the credit and on average would see their payment drop by 375-dollars. That money would instead be distributed in the form of child care subsidies.  
    
Low income advocates gathered in Montpelier to call on the governor to scrap that plan. They say it amounts to robbing Peter to pay Paul. "My message, as a housing provider, is that working people, families that get the income tax credit are on very low incomes and they rely on that money to catch up on bills," said Jo Ann Troiano, Executive Director of the  Montpelier Housing Authority.

The advocates want Shumlin to find another source to fund the increase in child care subsidies and leave the tax credit program intact.

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