With VIT Now Cut, State Turns To Online Format To Host Nov. 23 “Public” Forum On Vermont’s Budget Crunch

November 10, 2015

November 10, 2015

Newly elected Bennington Chapter President Victoria Thorpe’s sign at a 2015 VSEA rally says it all.


The Times Argus reports this morning that the State is asking Vermonters to participate in a "public forum" on November 23 to offer ideas on how to address Vermont’s never-ending budget crisis. The State is required to conduct the forum(s) by statute–and that’s thanks to the Vermont Workers’ Center calling for the forum(s)–but you have to question how public an online forum really is. The State had been conducting the forums, via Vermont Interactive Television, but VIT’s budget was cut in the last round of slicing and dicing.

VSEA is asking members (especially those working in AHS) to please consider participating in the early online forum, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 on November 23. This early session will focus exclusively on the AHS budget, including needs like increased DCF staff and enhanced building security. From 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the forum discussion turns to the rest of the state government budget.

A link to the Nov. 23 forums was not provided in the story, but VSEA will be letting members know it, as soon as one is made available.

Read the Times Argus story here


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