Vt. Lawmakers work to balance budget

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Vermont lawmakers and the Douglas administration are working to close a $32 million budget shortfall.

The Legislature’s Joint Fiscal Committee is planning to meet Friday to review options.

Sen. Susan Bartlett says she feels the situation could be worse next year unless something is done now.

Bartlett says the committee will make the cuts to balance this year’s budget.

But she says that when the Legislature convenes next year lawmakers will have to consider broader changes to the way the state spends money.

Lawmakers and the governor will review the state’s finances again in November.

Bartlett says she worries that the economy is still getting worse and more cuts will be needed just for this year.

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