- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont officials have agreed to further delay making cuts to a family cash assistance program while a lawsuit on the scheduled changes heads to federal court.

The state agreed Thursday to an additional 60-day delay to allow a federal judge to consider arguments in the case.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/1Nttvop ) that cuts to the Reach Up program were initially scheduled to take effect in August.

The cuts would reduce monthly assistance by $125 for hundreds of households in the state that include an adult with a disability. Lawmakers expected to save about $1.66 million.

The state delayed the cuts shortly after a Vermont Legal Aid attorney filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of the impacted families, calling the cut an unconstitutional “poor tax.”

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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