In response to the preliminary approval by the House for requiring every school district in Vermont to provide preschool to children as young as 3, Gov. Peter Shumlin asked, “The question is how do we pay for it?”
Although I am not a politician or an accountant, I believe I can answer his question. Along with an increased gas tax, an increased cigarette tax, an Electric Assistance Program fee, a Vermont Universal Service Fund fee (on our phone bill), a 6 percent water bottle tax and a proposed 5 percent tax increase on satellite TV, I, along with fellow taxpayers, will be required to pay for it.
Also, allow me to provide the governor with another answer to a question he has asked about paying for Green Mountain Care. When this single-payer health plan needs to be funded, the governor’s spending-addicted friends in Congress will obtain the money by taxing us again (directly or indirectly through companies which pass on their costs). When that happens, I, and quite possibly other retirees, will be forced to leave this state.
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