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Governor says $2.5 million in poverty programs a priority

(AP) _ Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is going to propose spending about $2.5 million next year to help make up for cuts in federal anti-poverty programs, he said Monday, Dec. 30.
Surrounded by anti-poverty activists, Shumlin said he would make it a priority during the upcoming legislative session to include money for emergency shelters, help for homeless families and childcare.
"Vermont's not the kind of place where we're going to let Vermonters freeze in cold homes, we're not going to let them freeze in the streets and where we're going to sit back at a time when the federal government is making cuts to low income Vermonters that make no sense," Shumlin said during a news conference.
The proposal would include:
Doubling the Vermont Rental Subsidy program to about $1 million;
Increasing funds for emergency shelters by $300,000;
$200,000 to provide case management and aid to homeless families as they find housing;
$800,000 for child care programs;
About $650,000 for substance abuse and mental health treatment.
Shumlin said he would outline where the money would come from for the program during his budget address next month.