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Discussion, Reaction To Governor's Budget Address

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Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding, left, during a legislative gathering at the Statehouse on Nov. 20, 2013 in Montpelier. The administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin briefed lawmakers on the budget challenges they're expected to face this session.

The governor gave his 2014 Budget Address to lawmakers on Wednesday afternoon, an annual speech in which the governor outlines state spending priorities to lawmakers.

Thursday on Vermont Edition, we examine the direction that Governor Peter Shumlin is setting for the Legislature, and hear criticism of his approach. Our guests are Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding and House Minority Leader Don Turner (R-Milton).

Also in the program, Vermont public health officials are encouraging Vermonters to get vaccinated against season flu. State epidemiologist Patsy Kelso explains the flu season could last several more weeks or months and that it's not too late to get vaccinated.

Broadcast live on Thurs., Jan. 16 at 12 p.m.; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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