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Title 32 : Taxation and Finance

Chapter 005 : BUDGET

(Cite as: 32 V.S.A. § 306a)
  • § 306a. Purpose of the State budget

    (a) The State budget, consistent with Chapter I, Article 7 of Vermont’s Constitution, should “be instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the people, nation, or community . . .” The State budget should be designed to address the needs of the people of Vermont in a way that advances human dignity and equity and in a manner that supports the population-level outcomes set forth in 3 V.S.A. § 2311.

    (b) Spending and revenue policies will seek to promote economic well-being among the people of Vermont and foster a vibrant economy. Integral to achieving the purpose of the State budget is continuous evaluation of the use of public funds by systems of outcome measurement based on indicators that measure success in accomplishing the purposes of the State budget.

    (c) Spending and revenue policies will reflect the public policy goals established in State law and recognize every person’s need for health, housing, dignified work, education, food, social security, and a healthy environment.

    (d) As consistent with State law and in conjunction with the federal government, the budget will reflect support for economic development, public safety, transportation, and other infrastructure needs.

    (e) Revenue measures shall also be based on the principles of sustainability and stability. The Administration shall develop budget and revenue proposals as part of a transparent and accountable process with direct and meaningful participation from Vermont residents. (Added 2011, No. 162 (Adj. Sess.), § E.100.1; amended 2015, No. 11, § 32; 2019, No. 131 (Adj. Sess.), § 291.)