The Agency of Human Services will have to contend with some of the
biggest policy and financial challenges facing the state. Agency Secretary Doug
Racine is our guest on Vermont Edition to discuss how he’ll manage these
services in the face of $44 million in budget cuts.
Vermont already faces a potential $110 million deficit.
And as the state struggles to regain its financial footing, it’s unlikely that new
revenues will pour in anytime soon. While the two major party candidates have spending proposals, the details remain elusive.
The Douglas administration says it can lay off more state workers
without legislative approval. And
the administration says it may be forced to cut an additional 200 jobs, unless
it can win more concessions from the state employees union.
Political analyst Eric Davis, Secretary Neale Lunderville and Senator Susan Bartlett join VPR’s Jane Lindholm to discuss the ramifications of yesterday’s override of Governor Jim Douglas’s budget veto.