Douglas Outlines Austere Final Budget | News | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice
Pin It
Favorite

Douglas Outlines Austere Final Budget 

In his final budget address to lawmakers, Gov. Jim Douglas compared the devastating flood of 1927 that wiped out many of Vermont's roads, bridges and farmlands to today's economic crisis.

"The Great Flood of 1927 was a defining moment in our state's history not just for the magnitude of destruction, but for the effort to rebuild that followed," said Douglas. "Today, the crisis we confront is economic. Just as Vermonters did more than 80 years ago, we must rebuild better than before. This year we will be judged not just by our ability to pass a balanced budget, but by whether that budget prepares our state and its people for a stronger tomorrow."

To see a Tweet-by-Tweet account of his speech, check out my Twitter feed.

And what a budget it will be: The state is facing a $150 million shortfall. To meet that gap, the governor is cutting programs throughout state government, though largely in the Agency of Human Services.

AHS was largely spared from drastic cuts last fiscal year because the legislature used one-time federal stimulus money to plug budget holes. Douglas said that won't work this year, as fewer federal dollars are available.

"By starting now the difficult process of realigning human services spending within currently available resources, we will spare programs from devastating cuts when the federal spigot is eventually turned off," said Douglas.

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Tags: ,

Pin It
Favorite

More by Shay Totten

About The Author

Shay Totten

Shay Totten

Bio:
Shay Totten wrote "Fair Game," a weekly political column, from April 2008-December 2011.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Seven Days moderates comments in order to ensure a civil environment. Please treat the comments section as you would a town meeting, dinner party or classroom discussion. In other words, keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

Recent Comments

Social Club

Like Seven Days contests and events? Join the club!

See an example of this newsletter...

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative
newsletters:

All content © 2017 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation