Secretary of Administration Neale Lunderville today outlined the Governor Douglas’s alternative budget approach for FY 2010. Lunderville called it a balanced, responsible and sustainable plan that addresses immediate fiscal pressures with long-term fiscal prudence. The Douglas plan reduces state spending by $32.8 million and raises $13 million in new taxes instead of $26 million. It also adds back $9 million in economic development and higher education-related spending.
Governor Jim Douglas issued a statement yesterday regarding the Obama Administration’s decision to adopt California standards nationally for automobile tailpipe emissions. Vermont was the first state to follow California's lead in requiring a higher standard than the federal requirement. The Bush Administration had blocked the implementation of the tougher standards resulting in California, Vermont and other states suing the federal government. The auto industry then filed suit in an attempt to block the implementation of the California standards.
In Vermont yesterday, US Forest Service Chief Gail Kimbell announced the award of $50 million in grants, including $1.8 million for the Eden Forest in Vermont, to permanently protect twenty-four working forests across twenty-one states, through the Forest Legacy Program. This program permanently protects important private forestland threatened by conversion.
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