Iraq war opponents compile Vermont costs

08/15/07 1:39PM By Ross Sneyd

(Host) Opponents of the war in Iraq say the conflict has cost Vermont taxpayers $663 million.

They say that's money that would have been better spent building affordable housing, improving health care or repairing roads and bridges.

The group MoveOn.org has compiled a report called War at Home that estimates how much the war has cost taxpayers in each congressional district around the country.

In Vermont, MoveOn has teamed up with Franklin County Peace Alliance to publicize the war's costs.

A spokeswoman for the Franklin County group says a copy of the report will be delivered tomorrow to Congressman Peter Welch.

War critics want Welch to demand the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq when he returns to Washington next month.

The Franklin County Peace Alliance also plans a vigil in St. Albans later this month to continue pressuring Welch.

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