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Statehouse Sitdown: Tim Ashe

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The Chair of the Senate Finance Committee says his group of lawmakers is still working to fully understand the Governor's budget.

Governor Peter Shumlin laid out his new budget proposals during a speech last week. In it, he placed an emphasis on his new education overhauls, including pumping more money into subsidizing childcare for low income Vermonters.

But State Senator Tim Ashe says the $17 million to do that would be taken from other low income Vermonters in a different program. He says it's just one piece of the Governor's budget puzzle his committee is trying to fully understand.

"The governor's budget -- it takes a little bit of scientist, when you first open the budget document right after the speech," Ashe says, "but it masks what is a $50 million budget gap with what it calls one time allocations and one time sources of funds. So we're still trying to dive through and understand precisely what that means."

Ashe says the Finance Committee will be focusing on closing tax loopholes to raise revenues.

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