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The $6 Billion Question: How Are Lawmakers Crafting Vermont's State Budget?

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Lawmakers hope to pass the budget in time to adjourn early in the first week of May.

Every year, the state budget is the one must-pass piece of legislation for lawmakers and the governor. But getting to agreement on the budget is fraught with philosophical differences and competing priorities.

On the next Vermont Edition, we look at how services and taxes are balanced, and why the federal budget leaves a big question mark for Vermont. Our guests are two reporters who've been covering the budget negotiations in Montpelier:April McCullum of the Burlington Free Press and VPR's Peter Hirschfeld.

Broadcast live on Monday, April 10, 2017 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Patti is an integral part of VPR's news effort and part of the team that created Vermont Edition. As executive producer, Patti supervises the team that puts Vermont Edition on the air every day, working with producers to select and research show ideas, select guests and develop the sound and tone of the program.
Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.
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