With state revenues lagging, officials are grappling with how to cut $30 million from the budget. We’ll talk with a legislative leader and a member of the administration about what cuts are being contemplated. Also: A Vermont author tells us how to live with pigs. And a Vermont band from the early 1960s reunites.
The program that
helps low-income Vermonters pay for heat is at least $19 million short
this year, and middle income Vermonters are also struggling to plan for
winter. We’ll look at whether federal and state government can ease the
concern about heating costs.
The goal is clear but it won’t be easy: lawmakers and the Douglas
administration need to cut $25 million from the 2009 state budget. On
Wednesday, a list of possible cuts was presented to the group, which
will make its hard choices by Friday. Senate Appropriations
Chairwoman Susan Bartlett and Finance Commissioner Jim Reardon give us
the latest update on how the decisions are being made.