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Policy: Budgets & Deficits

Vermont lawmakers plan hearing on budget cuts

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MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont lawmakers are planning a public hearing regarding a round of budget cuts proposed by the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin.

The Legislature's Joint Fiscal Committee will hold the session at the Statehouse from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, and could give the package final approval on Wednesday.

Cuts proposed by the administration on Monday include leaving seven state trooper vacancies open, elimination of a planned 1.6 percent increase in Medicaid payments to health care providers, and retraction of a 1 percent budget increase planned for the University of Vermont and state colleges.

The proposed cuts are in response to a July 24 revenue forecast that reduced projected state revenues by about $28 million — out of a $1.4 billion budget — for the current fiscal year.

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