Massive federal spending cuts are set to kick in within hours. The automatic
cuts – known as sequestration in Washington-speak – are certain to affect Vermonters, including civilian defense employees in the Vermont
Diplomat Peter Galbraith joins us to discuss the accusations of fraud in Afghanistan’s elections. The Vermonter serves as a deputy chief for the united Nations in Kabul. Also, an examination of politics and budgets numbers in the layoff of state workers that is set to begin. And trip into farm fields with the Vermont FoodBank’s gleaning program.
Layoffs of more state workers appeared imminent, the National Guard’s mission in Afghanistan remained unclear and FairPoint faced regulators’ questions. These were some of the voices in the news this week:
University of Vermont hopes to avoid a new round of lay-offs and possibly reinstate some
part-time faculty. The school had warned in February that up to 26 people
would have to be let go because of the budget deficit.