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Lawmakers aim to keep college grads in Vt.

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Lawmakers are considering an incentive plan to keep college grads in Vermont, but they don't have any money for the program.

Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont, proposed reimbursing Vermonters who study science, technology, engineering or math. Some House Education Committee members say the plan should have a broader reach and include agriculture and the arts. Under the bill, the program would not begin paying out until 2016, and lawmakers have not identified a funding source. They'll wait for that to come in the governor's budget proposal next year.

"If he wants to dig deep in his pockets and fund it, you can ask him, and all I'm saying is the beauty of this bill is that we get to pass something out, and he gets to pay for it next year," said Rep. Johannah Leddy Donovan, D-Burlington.

The committee is also considering allowing those studying in fields of crucial need for the state to also be eligible for the program.

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