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Vt. House rejects higher taxes on rich

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The VermontHouse has rejected raising income tax rates on top earners so the state canmake up for cuts in federal support for food stamps.

The House debate came during adiscussion of taxes and spending that was expected to last the rest of the day Thursday.

Rep. Paul Poirier, a Barre Cityindependent, introduced an amendment to raise income taxes on people earningmore than $225,000 a year.

Poirier said he would later offer anamendment on the budget bill to spend the $10 million the tax changes made torestore money cut from federal support for the program.

Rep. Janet Ancel, chairwoman of the House Ways and MeansCommittee, said her committee unanimously opposed Poirier's amendment.

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