Vermont legislators return from their two week recess today
with a full agenda. Among
the most critical decisions will be adjusting this year’s budget in light of
revenue shortfalls – and writing a budget for the next fiscal year.
We talk with House Majority Leader Floyd Nease and House Minority Leader Patti Komline about what priorities they’ve set for the second half of the session, and what they hope to realistically accomplish.
Governor Jim Douglas’s
plan to cut money for Vermont’s
housing and land conservation program has come under fire. The Vermont Housing and Conservation Coalition says
the proposal would derail dozens of important projects. The governor’s
supporters say the money is needed for various human service programs.