TIMES ARGUS Legislative Kickoff Coverage

Vt lawmakers get good news about budget

January 4, 2012, Times Argus/Rutland Herald

MONTPELIER — An optimistic tone reverberated through the Statehouse on Tuesday as Democratic leaders sought to paint a happy face on the hole in next year’s budget.

Lawmakers returned to Montpelier facing a $75 million shortfall in the fiscal year 2013 general fund. But before the lunch hour came around on their first day back, the Legislature’s fiscal analysts had lowered the gap to about $46 million, thanks largely to revised projections for Medicaid spending.

TIMES ARGUS Legislative Kickoff Coverage

Vt lawmakers get good news about budget

January 4, 2012, Times Argus/Rutland Herald

MONTPELIER — An optimistic tone reverberated through the Statehouse on Tuesday as Democratic leaders sought to paint a happy face on the hole in next year’s budget.

Lawmakers returned to Montpelier facing a $75 million shortfall in the fiscal year 2013 general fund. But before the lunch hour came around on their first day back, the Legislature’s fiscal analysts had lowered the gap to about $46 million, thanks largely to revised projections for Medicaid spending.

Activists demand that lawmakers adopt “People’s Budget”

Vermont Workers Center activists descended on the Statehouse Tuesday on the opening day of the 2012 legislative session and demanded that lawmakers pass a “people’s budget” that meets the basic needs of Vermonters.

Members of the group packed the Cedar Creek Room during the noon hour and gave speeches and delivered a petition for a People’s Budget signed by more than 3,000 Vermonters. The petition was given to Governor Shumlin’s office, and the Democratic leadership of the House and Senate.

Vermont Legislature opens with pomp, a song and some early business

medium_kick_off.jpg12:04 p.m.: Peg Franzen, president of the Vermont Workers’ Center, stepped up to the microphone before a throng of folks in red shirts to begin a Put People First rally. The organizers delivered petitions to legislative leaders calling for a new budgeting process. “We are here to be the voice of the people, the 99 percent,” Franzen said. “We are here to demand a budget that puts people first.”

Burlington Free Press: "No crisis, but plenty of financial worries as Vermont Legislature prepares to meet"

No crisis, but plenty of financial worries as Vermont Legislature prepares to meet

By Nancy Remsen
See full article: http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20120101/NEWS03/111231018/No-...

Excerpts:
"Two hours after the House and Senate reconvene Tuesday, volunteers organized by the Vermont Workers Center will deliver the first salvo in a campaign to “put people first” in the budget-writing process.

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