State budget cuts not out this week

During his weekly press conference Wednesday, Gov. James Douglas told reporters that his administration's list of recommended cuts for the current cycle would probably be out this week.

On Friday, administration officials said, "Not today."

The Douglas administration hopes to come to agreements for about $36 million in cuts – the amount that state revenue is projected to drop – although all signals point to an agreement reached with the Joint Fiscal Committee over about $20 million in cuts. For now.

After closed-door meetings throughout the week between lawmakers and the Douglas administration, the two sides are scheduled to meet formally again at the Statehouse next week.

UPDATE, 4:13 p.m.: Steve Wark, Douglas' spokesperson, just released a statement confirming that the list of cuts will be made public Monday.

Here's what he had to say:

Secretary of Administration Neale F. Lunderville announced today that the proposed budget rescission list will be released in full on Monday morning at 10:00 AM.  “Discussions are progressing and we are nearing final decisions,” said Secretary Lunderville.  “We expect to have the completed list by Saturday.  Out of respect for the employees that will be impacted by these steps, I am asking department heads to meet with affected staffs prior to public release,” Secretary Lunderville said. 

On Monday, the list of recommended cuts can be found at http://aoa.vermont.gov/and www.leg.state.vt.us/JFO/

The meetings with Joint Fiscal are scheduled for:

- Tuesday, Dec. 16th at 2 p.m., with public hearings scheduled for 4 p.m. that day.

- Wednesday, Dec. 17th from 1-5 p.m.

-Dan Barlow