MONTPELIER (AP) - The Vermont Legislature doesn't formally convene until Jan. 9, but House budget writers will be getting a jump on their work beginning the day after New Year's.

The House Appropriations Committee begins hearings Wednesday afternoon on a mid-year budget adjustment. The fiscal year begins in July, and when lawmakers convene they'll begin working on a bill making any necessary changes to the spending plan that's been in place for six months.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the panel will hear from departments of the state Agency of Human Services, including Mental Health, Aging and Disabilities, and Corrections.

On Thursday, officials from the agencies of Commerce and Agriculture will be among those testifying. On Friday, the Natural Resources Agency and Department of Buildings and General Services will be up.