State Budget

When Governor  Peter Shumlin announced that the state was facing a $100 million dollar deficit earlier this year, one thing placed immediately on the chopping block was funding for the Vermont Veterans' Home in Bennington.

Last week the board of the Veterans' Home met to discuss cost saving measures. They decided to reduce their capacity from 170 beds to 130. That will lower their Medicaid tax burden by $200,000 dollars. The home will also save money by not filling 13 open positions. But that still leaves them over $2 million dollars in the hole.

Peter Hirschfeld / VPR File

State revenues are falling behind projections and Vermont is staring at a potential $100 million deficit.

Outgoing Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding and Finance Commissioner Jim Reardon discuss plans to eliminate the deficit and how budget cuts might affect people who rely on state assistance.