- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont House is set to take up taxing and spending bills amid complaints about them from both Republicans and Progressives.

Cuts to low-income energy assistance, services for the developmentally disabled and others are drawing fire from Progressives and liberal Democrats.

House Speaker Shap Smith appeared before a group of them on Wednesday to defend the budget. He argued that state spending is going up, and that $35 million in new tax revenue is being raised. He spoke of a need for compromise.

House Republican Leader Don Turner, meanwhile, says he doesn’t want to see any tax increases, and wants to close a projected budget gap entirely with cuts.

The House is expected to debate the taxing and spending bills Thursday and Friday.

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