Vermont sets budget forums for Oct. 23, Nov. 5

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MONTPELIER (AP) - Gov. Peter Shumlin's administration has scheduled two forums where the public can discuss the Vermont state budget for the fiscal year beginning next July 1.

Each fall, the governor's administration prepares a budget to be presented to lawmakers in January. In 2012, lawmakers passed a bill calling for forums during the fall so budget writers can hear from the public.

They'll be carried via Vermont Interactive Technologies on Oct. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and on Nov. 5 from 2:50 to 4:45 p.m.

The public can participate in the first forum by going to VIT studios in Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, White River Junction, Williston and Montpelier.

The second will be from studios in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Junction, Montpelier and Newport.

The 2012 law called for administration officials to seek public input on "''development of budget goals, as well as general prioritization and evaluation of spending and revenue initiatives."

Each of the forums will begin with introductory remarks by Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding and a short fiscal update by Finance and Management Commissioner James Reardon, with the remainder of the time devoted to questions and comments from the attendees.


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