Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott proposed a $7.7 billion state budget Tuesday at a time when there are “historic” resources that will enable the state to invest in a host of economic development and infrastructure projects, cut taxes and help prepare the state for the future. With state coffers filled with the help of federal coronavirus relief funds, Scott urged lawmakers to take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that helped create a $234 million General Fund surplus and a more than $90 million surplus in the Education Fund. The proposed budget is more than 4% higher than last year.
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