State health subsidy could be hit as Vermont lawmakers, officials look at $29 million in cuts

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MONTPELIER, Vermont — Vermont lawmakers and officials of Gov. Peter Shumlin's administration are looking at a list of potential budget cuts totaling $29 million, including possible elimination of a state subsidy to make health insurance more affordable.

Some $7 million of the cuts under consideration would hit Vermont Health Connect. Vermont is one of a small number of states that adds a state subsidy to federal tax credits to help people pay for health insurance.

One proposed cut not expected to pass would reduce the number of House members from 150 to 120.

Another item on the list is the possible closure of the Vermont Veterans' Home in Bennington.

Lawmakers say the cuts are not cast in stone, but represent the scale of changes likely needed to produce a balanced budget.

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