Vermont House to debate state budget amid virus uncertainty

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Published: Sep. 7, 2020 at 12:11 PM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont House of Representatives is expected to continue debating the 2021 budget this week without knowing whether the federal government will help state and local governments make up budget losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Lawmakers returned to the session late last month to finalize the fiscal 2021 budget and deal with other issues that hadn’t been completed by the time the first session ended in late June.

For the current fiscal year, the budget challenge isn’t as great as feared.

Legislative leaders and officials with the administration of Gov. Phil Scott say a bigger challenge could come in the fiscal 2022 budget if Congress doesn’t provide more aid to the states. 

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