By Andrew Nemethy on February 24, 2011
The House Appropriations Committee wrapped up two days of hearings on the proposed budget for next year in sessions that took rapid-fire testimony in two-minute chunks on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. The legislative panel is charged with writing the state budget that must address a $176 million shortfall for the next fiscal year, using the bleak fiscal blueprint issued by Gov. Peter Shumlin in January as a starting point. Shumlin has proposed $44 million in cuts to human services programs.