Panel expected to decide on Vermont budget cuts

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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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