Vermont lawmakers asked for budget cuts

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MONTPELIER (AP) - The Shumlin administration is asking lawmakers for budget cuts including leaving seven vacant state trooper positions open and reductions in Medicaid funding in a range of human services programs.

Administration officials appeared Monday before the Legislature's Joint Fiscal Committee and proposed cuts to respond to a downgrade in the state's revenue forecast that was issued July 24.

They're aiming to trim about $31 million from a general fund of $1.4 billion.

Lawmakers are planning a public hearing on the cuts at the Statehouse from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, and the committee could approve a possibly modified package final approval by Wednesday.

Other recommendations by Gov. Peter Shumlin's aides include elimination of the 1 percent budget increases that had been earmarked for the University of Vermont and state colleges.


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