Public Budget Forums to Receive Public Comments on FY 2014 State Budget Development

Jim Reardon, Commissioner of Finance & Management, wishes to thank those who attended the Public Budget Forums to discuss the State budget process, revenues and expenditures on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 and Monday, November 19, 2012.  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.”  The meetings were 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:

Jeb Spaulding, Secretary of Administration moderated the forum and Jim Reardon began the forum with a 15-20 minute presentation about funding sources, revenues, how funds are currently spent and analyzed budget challenges. Video of the event is posted below. Please click here for a copy of the presentation material and Budget Priority Survey sheet: 




VIT Locations

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

5:15 PM - 7:30 PM


Bennington, LyndonvilleNewportSt. Albans, White River Junction, Montpelier, Rutland, and Williston



Monday, November 19, 2012

4:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Junction, and Williston


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.”



Video of the Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Public Forum

Video of the Monday, November 19, 2012 Public Forum