Senate Majority Leader Threatens to Hold Economic Development & Affordable Housing Legislation Hostage
Berlin, VT – Senator Majority Leader Becca Balint (D-Windham District) is threatening to block crucial legislation that would invest in economic development and housing that is affordable for Vermonters. Balint is attempting to use this legislation as leverage to kill Governor Scott’s proposal for up to $26 million in savings for taxpayers, without cuts to services or benefits.
Governor Scott has proposed legislation to save taxpayers up to $26 million annually by implementing a statewide health benefit for school employees. The plan would reduce premiums for teachers, hold school employees harmless for out of pocket cost changes, and avoid cuts in school programs, all while returning savings to property taxpayers.
Balint, however, remains opposed to this common sense proposal. During a May 8th interview on Green Mountain Mornings (1490 WKTV), Balint was asked about the legislation’s prospects of passing. Instead of simply reiterating her opposition, Balint doubled down with a threat to block important economic development legislation and a housing bond. Balint had this to say:
“However, there’s something that the Governor really wants, and that is this $35 million housing bond—which we haven’t really gotten into—but it’s something he cares a great deal about. There’s also a bunch of pieces in S.135, which is the economic development bill. So it’s possible that in the final days, there’ll be some leverage applied there.”
By pledging to block important legislation as leverage, Balint is putting politics ahead of property tax relief.
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