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    • Budget timeline: Annual  

      Fiscal Year starts: July 1

      The current state budget can be found here.

      Find the legislative session calendar here.

      Find the current legislative leaders here.

      VT Gov ShumlinGov. Peter Shumlin
      109 State Street
      Montpelier, VT 05609
      Phone: (802) 828-3333
      Fax: (802) 828-3339





      James Reardon, Commissioner
      Department of Finance & Management
      Pavilion Office Building, 109 State Street
      Montpelier, VT 05609-0401
      Phone (802) 828-2376


      Want a more robust, long-term look at your state's fiscal health, beyond the budget? There are two parts: Click here for the FY2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) compiled by the state government, and click here for information on the state's pension liabilities


      No "balanced budget" requirement was found for the state of Vermont. However, Chapter 5, Section 308 of the State law creates a "budget stabilization trust fund" to offset any fund deficits for that fiscal year. Vermont law permits the carrying over of a deficit from one year to the next.


      The State reports eighteen governmental funds of which six are classified as "major" governmental funds. These major funds are the General Fund, Transportation Fund, Education Fund, Special Fund, Federal Revenue Fund and Global Commitment Fund. The State began reporting the Global Commitment Fund in FY06. Prior to this, it only reported seventeen governmental funds. Each year, Vermont budgets all of its major governmental funds which is evident from the minor difference between actual and budgeted figures (revenues and expenditures).  [from the Institute for Truth in Accounting]


      Find the state's bond ratings here.



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    • Solutions

      How Reality-Based Budgeting Can Permanently Resolve State Budget Gaps

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 7, 2012

      State Budget Solutions recommends that state legislators take action in 2013 to resolve the serious state financial crises by changing their focus from inputs to outcomes by redesigning budgets from the ground up based on priorities and performance.

    • Solutions

      How to Prevent Future Pension Crises

      by Cory Eucalitto | November 1, 2012

      The time for state and local governments to offer defined contribution retirement plans that protect both taxpayer dollars and public employee retirement security is now.

    • Solutions

      State Lawmakerís Guide to Evaluating Medicaid Expansion Projections

      The Heritage Foundation | by Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski | October 17, 2012

      Supporters of Obamacare claim that expanding Medicaid will entail little to no cost to state governments, since the federal government will fund the vast majority of the additional costs. Indeed, some analyses project states achieving savings from adopting the expansion. However, state lawmakers should be wary of accepting such analyses at face value.

    • Solutions

      Medicaid Is BrokenóLet the States Fix It

      The Wall Street Journal | by Paul Howard and Russell Sykes | October 15, 2012

      Block-granting Medicaid is the best way to deliver better, cost-effective care to the most vulnerable Americans.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Prisons

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012

      Prisons are supremely important, but they are also a supremely expensive government program, and thus prison systems must be held to the highest standards of accountability.