Vermont Gov. Pushes Child Care, Early Education Reform

Thursday, February 7, 2013

As part of what he calls "a very ambitious education agenda," Gov. Peter Shumlin wants to boost child-care subsidies for lower-income families.

But he is taking flak for his proposal to fund that idea: Shumlin wants to "redirect" $16.7 million in state money that's now spent on an earned-income tax credit for low-income residents.

During a visit to Brattleboro Tuesday, Shumlin took pains to defend his proposal and argued that it's not about "taking money from poor people and giving it to poor people."

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