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Re: “Walters: A Series of Unprogressive Events

Knowyourassumptions argues that Zuckerman "took money that he didn't earn". Well, legislative council, which wrote the rules on reimbursement for legislators, says that he DID earn the money because it was an allowance, not an expense. Is knowyourassumptions saying that every legislator who followed the rules from legislative council was stealing from taxpayers? Zuckerman's election opponent admitted in the same article knowyourassumptions referenced that he took the full meal reimbursement even when he did not actually spend that amount on his meals. Was Randy Brock stealing from the taxpayers because he followed the rules that leg council gave him?

The article you reference deals with the argument Zuckerman made at the time that the policy was bad, and should be changed to better reflect the cost of being a legislator. Higher reimbursement would allow more working class folks to run for office. I'm sure that knowyourassumptions would agree that this is a worthy goal, seeing that they are so concerned about wealthy people running for office.

Eventually, the policy around millage was changed, in part due to the fact that our Lt. Governor spoke up.

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Posted by publicgood on 04/06/2017 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Walters: A Series of Unprogressive Events

Not according to legislative council, which has thoroughly debunked knowyourassumptions claim. Leg council gave these instructions to legislators in reference to mileage and other expenses.

"Under the law, these amounts are an 'allowance' and are due whether or not a member actually spent more or less for meals, rooms, or transportation"

This money was NOT an expense as you claim, but an allowance that all reps were entitled to. Any more alternative facts you want to throw out there knowyourassumptions?

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Posted by publicgood on 04/06/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Walters: A Series of Unprogressive Events

Knowyourassumptions seems to have an obsession with attacking our Lt. Governor. If you looked into the facts, you would realize that the 'trust funder' claims are baseless. Zuckerman's taxes are public. If he was receiving a large amount of money from a trust fund, that would show up in his taxes. What you do see in his taxes is money made from a working farm that employees many Vermonters. Don't we want to encourage young people to come to our state, start businesses, create jobs, and get involved in the political process?

Zuckerman has been clear that he did receive some money when his father passed away when he was a child. He has said that that money was used to pay for tuition at UVM and allowed him to graduate debt free. He has also acknowledged that he was fortunate to have that opportunity and has supported Bernie's fight for free college so everyone can have the same opportunity he had. It is a really low blow to go after someone who received money for tuition from the death of a parent as a child.

These attacks are really over the top. Our LG is working hard to address the needs of ordinary Vermonters and promote policies like a $15 minimum wage and legalized marijuana that a majority of us support. It's fine to disagree on policy, but to personally attack someone like this is really low.

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Posted by publicgood on 04/04/2017 at 4:06 PM

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