By Associated Press - Monday, August 11, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Legislature’s Joint Fiscal Committee is to hear from the Shumlin administration on its requests for state agency budget cuts, in response to a recently announced downturn in the state’s revenue forecast.

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced July 24 that he would seek reductions averaging 4 percent from departments and agencies across state government to meet what’s now expected to be a shortfall of about $31 million in the budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

Certain items would not be affected, among them the state’s debt service payments and the education fund. Shumlin said cuts to general fund transfers to the education fund would put upward pressure on property taxes, something he wants to avoid.

The legislative committee was to hear from administration officials Monday afternoon.

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