Commissioner of Finance & Management, Jim Reardon announced two open public forums to discuss the State budget process, revenues and expenditures. In accordance with Act 162 Sec E.100.1 of the 2012 session, public participation is required with the “development of budget goals, as well as general prioritization and evaluation of spending and revenue initiatives.” Vermonters have two opportunities to participate via interactive television: Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 5:15—7:30 PM Monday, November 19, 2012, 4:45—6:45 PM
The meetings will be held, at various sites around Vermont, through Vermont Interactive Technologies (VIT). For more information on Vermont Interactive Technologies and directions to the sites, go to: http://www.vitlink.org/ Jeb Spaulding, Secretary of Administration will moderate the forums and Jim Reardon will begin each forum with a 15-20 minute presentation about funding sources, revenues, how funds are currently spent and analyze budget challenges. Reardon said, “We hope to engage the public in a discussion about the goals, opportunities and complexities of putting together the State budget. We’ll discuss revenues and expenditures and conduct a budget exercise about priorities for how state funds might be directed. The public’s comments will be considered during the construction of the Governor’s FY 2014 Budget Recommendations which will be submitted to the General Assembly in January.”
Both meetings will have live streaming; the link will be posted on the Finance and Management’s main webpage.