Shumlin: Increase fees on doctors, mutual funds

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MONTPELIER, VT. >> Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is calling for an expanded health care provider tax that will include independent doctors and dentists and a doubling of fees on companies selling mutual funds to support $30 million in new revenues in his fiscal 2017 budget.

Shumlin on Thursday outlined a spending plan that calls for nearly $10 million for 35 additional staffers in the Department for Children and Families, and narrows Medicaid eligibility for pregnant women.

Overall, he's calling for $1.53 billion in general fund spending, just over 3 percent higher than in the current fiscal year.

Another spending increase is for security at state buildings following the August killing of child protection worker Lara Sobel. Shumlin wants $1 million from the general fund and $1 million from the capital fund for that.


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