NO CUTS TO STATE SERVICES! Vermont can and must do better.
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We are Vermont State Employees and Staff at the Vermont State Colleges. We are the frontline experts in our fields, providing essential services to Vermonters and ensuring they are delivered in safe, efficient and effective ways.
We are united, and we are calling on Vermont lawmakers to join us in seeking alternatives to cutting the vital public services that we all rely on every day. We also ask that you respect our collective bargaining agreements, the terms and conditions of which are mutually negotiated andagreed to by state employees and the State.
In addition, we, as dedicated State employees, stepped up during Vermont’s recession, and in previous budget crises, to help balance the state budget. Since that time, continued ill-advised budget cuts have resulted in underfunded and understaffed programs, the negative effects of which our communities continue to experience to this day.
Therefore we call on you to be smart, collaborative, and courageous in this moment, incorporating input from state employees and exploring other options to solve Vermont’s FY2016 deficit, especially finding new revenue; to include higher taxes on Vermont’s wealthiest citizens.
Cutting state programs, or reducing their capacity, is not a real solution for Vermonters. State employees stand united in calling for NO CUTS TO STATE SERVICES.
Vermont can and must do better
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