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Jack Hoffman, of the Public Assets Institute, discusses the importance of using the Census data to rebuild the State of Vermont’s system for measuring improvements in the delivery of vital human services and more. He outlines how recently released Census data are both a wake-up call and a gift for Governor Shumlin’s administration and the Vermont Legislature.
The statistics show that middle-income Vermonters are earning less and more of them are slipping into poverty—evidence that things are moving in the wrong direction for Vermonters. Hoffman suggests ways to manage the budget through outcomes rather than across the board state budget cuts.