Policy: Entitlements

Vermont Senate set to impose stricter welfare limits

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Budget writers in the Vermont senate are nearing completion of their version of a fiscal 2014 state budget that includes new limits on a key welfare-to-work program.

The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to take final action Monday on its version of the state's 2014 spending.

As currently drafted the proposed budget would limit participation by households in the Reach Up program to five years. It would also cut from two years to one year the time a new mother could remain on the program and receive benefits while she cared for her child at home.

Child welfare advocates say the budget changes would leave a larger number of parents shopping for child care for children under 2, which is already hard to find.

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