Senator Bernie Sanders says the automatic federal budget cuts are hurting Vermonters.
Sanders was joined for a news conference at his Burlington office Monday by Steve Geller, executive director of Southeastern Vermont Community Action, and Marianne Miller, Head Start director at Central Vermont Community Action Council.
Geller says more than 4,000 families could be affected by cuts in rental assistance, crisis fuel aid and other emergency assistance programs that help keep families in their homes. Miller says as many as 170 children out of the 1,500 enrolled in Head Start in Vermont may be affected.
Sanders is a member of the Senate Budget Committee, and says to reduce deficits, he’s calling for closing tax loopholes that let profitable corporations and wealthy individuals shelter income in offshore tax havens.