This week nearly $20 million in budget cuts were proposed by the
Douglas administration and the Joint Fiscal Committee, but they say
that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Administration Secretary Neale
Lunderville discusses the constantly shifting budget
situation. Also on the program, how town
budgets are taking a hit, and a new movie captures the spirit of Brattleboro’s Harmony Parking Lot.
Sen. Dick Sears recaps the public testimony his committee has taken on how to punish and treat sex offenders, and gives us a preview of draft recommendations for the Legislature. Also, VPR’s Neal Charnoff goes backstage with a production of "Well" by playwright Lisa Kron.
House Transportation Committee is frustrated by the worsening condition of the
state’s roads and highways.
the committee has taken the unusual step of trying to force the Douglas
Administration to borrow money to pay for the needed repairs.
The House Ways
and Means committee has rejected Governor Jim Douglas’s plan to change Vermont’s
capital gains tax. Douglas wanted to use money from
the changes to lower tax rates for middle and upper income people. But the
committee says it’s more important to save this source of revenue to help deal
with looming budget deficits.
The House Ways
and Means Committee is backing a bill that would dramatically change how Vermonters
pay for education.
The residential property tax for education would be
eliminated and replaced with a new income tax surcharge.
As VPR’s Bob Kinzel reports, the legislation faces
some major hurdles.