Panel expected to decide on Vermont budget cuts
MONTPELIER (AP) - The Vermont Legislature's Joint Fiscal Committee is expected to make final decisions on budget cuts being sought be Gov. Peter Shumlin.
Shumlin asked in late July for cuts averaging 4 percent from most of the state agencies. The administration proposed specific cuts on Monday, many of them targeting human service programs.
Advocates and beneficiaries of those programs asked at a public hearing Tuesday that the committee takes more time in its deliberations.
Committee Chairwoman Martha Heath, D-Westford, says delaying the cuts would make them deeper because they would have to be absorbed during the shorter part of the fiscal year.
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