A group of lawmakers and energy efficiency advocates are pushing for full state funding of low-income weatherization programs.
With its large stock of old and leaky homes, Vermont has been on the leading edge of weatherization retrofits in recent years. But with federal stimulus dollars and other one-time sources running out, the proposed budget has been cut back by about $3 million. Members of the so-called Climate Caucus say the state can't afford to cut back.
"We all benefit because it will save us money by making people spend less money on fuel, making sure that money instead of going out of state as it does now, is circulated in the Vermont economy," said Rep. Tony Klein, D-East Montpelier.
The group is looking to fund the program at last year's $12 million level if the state is to meet its weatherization goals for 2020.