Debate continues over state budget priorities

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Democratic leaders of the Vermont House say their version of the 2007 state budget would do more for housing and a variety of other programs than the governor’s proposal would. But Governor Jim Douglas says it doesn’t do enough for programs directed at young people with substance abuse issues.

The House is debating the state budget on Thursday and Friday. Most of the focus is on the $1.25 billion spent through the general fund, although the state spends nearly $4.5 billion annually from all of its various funds.

The governor also is unhappy that the House bill doesn’t address his proposal for a college scholarship program directed at Vermont students.

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