Tonight (Nov. 13) I attended the first “listening session” of the state budget conducted by Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding and his deputy over Vermont Interactive TV at the Rutland site. To call this a “listening session” is a sham.
It was scheduled to run for 2-1/4 hours. Mr. Spaulding and his deputy explained the budget and conducted an exercise of rating citizen needs from most to least important. By then, there was only 1 hour 10 minutes left for citizen input. They listened to testimonies, but commented at length after most of them, leaving even less time for input.
People sat through this rather painful process and didn’t even get a chance to have their say.
Let’s hope the next one on the 19th goes better.
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