Christopher Curtis, an attorney with Vermont Legal Aid, is concerned that recipients will not have enough time to prepare for the cut.
“My concern is that many low income Vermonters will not see this coming,” Curtis said. “They’re going to be put in positions where they don’t have time to adapt to what is a very detrimental cut to their income.”
According to Curtis, the SSI reduction amounts to a “tax” on Vermonters who have already fallen on hard financial times. Taking a percentage of someone’s unearned income is akin to a tax, Curtis said.
“A lot of families are really struggling and we cannot afford to sacrifice the poorest families on the altar of austerity,” Curtis said.
Curtis urged people who receive notices that their Reach Up will be reduced to appeal the determination, in case the notice was sent in error or in case they are exempt for some reason.