Vermont Fuel Dealers — By going after break-open tickets to fund thermal efficiency, Shumlin's budget proposal avoided taxing home heating fuels. Then again, if there ain't $17 million at the local VFW post, look for legislators to do what Shummy won't.
Tax Department auditors — If Shummy gets his way, they'll be hangin' out at bars, collecting proceeds from break-open tickets.
Losers after the break...
Progressives — Shumlin's EITC and Reach Up proposals were a slap in the face to progressivism, but at least they give the Progs something with which to differentiate themselves from Shumlin and his fellow Republicans. Ahem, I mean Democrats.
The teleprompter guy — Whoever was in charge of Shummy's teleprompter Thursday should be prompted to get another job.
Kristin Carlson — The WCAX reporter and anchor put the Shumlin administration on notice during a media briefing Thursday not to delay the release of its health care financing report until just before her newscast. So when did they hit the send button? 4:46 p.m. Thanks for the late afternoon news dump, team!
UPDATED with additional Loser: Paul Heintz for misspelling Kristin Carlson's name in the original version of this post.