Hundreds used May Day to demonstrate on the Vermont Statehouse lawn Wednesday.
Following a march, members of several advocacy groups called for legislators to "put people first." Speakers tackled a range of issues, from calls for a more open state budget process to health care and paid sick days. They say budgets have been balanced on the backs of the poor during the tough economic times.
"There's been a lot of cuts and budget issues and so, that's something we're really concerned about and we want to make sure we're using our democratic right to speak out," said Sandra Schlosser, a volunteer at the Vermont Workers' Center.
Advocates say they're most concerned by cuts to low-income services and energy assistance programs.