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Klar: Universal school meals cost too much

A JFO report outlines funding sources including a new sales taxes on “pre-written software accessed remotely,” sugar taxes on candy or beverages, and an expansion of existing sales taxes. The magnitude of the economic burden posed by this program is displayed by the size of new taxes being considered.

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Roper: Vermonters are facing an avalanche of new taxes

Keep in mind that of Vermont’s roughly $8 billion annual budget, roughly $6 billion is paid for with federal dollars, and of that $6 billion about half is “one-time” emergency funds. Vermont taxpayers are only required so far to pony up a little more than $2 billion of all that spending — and that is tapping us out.