Letter Writer Blasts JFC Decision To Rubber Stamp Douglas Plan(??)

From The 9/9 Free Press:

"During times like these, we need our legislators to give such a proposal the review and due diligence that it warrants. Now more than ever, Vermonters need state services. As a foster parent, I fear that this decision left many of our children-in-need more vulnerable as services will indeed be negatively impacted."

Apology to Rep. Mark Larson (D-Chittenden)for homepage headline.  Mark voted against a rubber stamp!

Democrats drop ball on state worker cuts

Have the Democrats handed over the reins to the governor? It seems like it, given that all but one Democrat (Rep. Mark Larson) on the Joint Fiscal Committee voted last month to approve the administration’s proposal to cut $7.4 million of the state’s work force.

Even worse, the committee failed to leverage the statute that requires the administration to provide specific information about how the cuts will impact the state. Instead, they used the current economic crisis as an excuse to rubberstamp the governor’s proposal.

During times like these, we need our legislators to give such a proposal the review and due diligence that it warrants. Now more than ever, Vermonters need state services. As a foster parent, I fear that this decision left many of our children-in-need more vulnerable as services will indeed be negatively impacted.

The members of the Joint Fiscal Committee, especially the Democrats, could have and should have done a better job protecting the interests of Vermonters. I applaud Rep. Mark Larson for taking a stand and wish that his colleagues had followed his lead.

 

NAOMI FREEDNER

Burlington