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    Governor defended on funding source for child care

    Top officials with the administration of Governor Peter Shumlin are defending his proposal to take $17 million from benefits for low-income Vermonters and use it to subsidize child care for that same group. Human Services Secretary Doug Racine said Tuesday that good child care is an investment that will pay off in better outcomes later in life. He also argued that the earned income tax credit, from which Shumlin wants to take the money, may not be the best use of the state’s money.