This story is part of an NPR nationwide analysis of states’ revenue and budgets during the pandemic.
In Vermont, elected officials say COVID-19 has forced some difficult questions about the role of state government in Vermonters’ lives. But they aren’t ready to answer them just yet.
Like other states, Vermont passed a three-month “skinny budget” that will keep the wheels of government churning through September.
In the meantime, the Democratic-controlled legislature and Republican Gov. Phil Scott will try to figure out how to accommodate what analysts say will likely be a 14% year-over-year drop in general fund revenues.
Scott favors an 8% reduction in overall spending, spread out evenly across the whole of state government. Lawmakers, however, say the coronavirus pandemic