Little time for citizen input
Tonight (Nov. 13) I attended the first ďlistening sessionĒ 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 ďlistening sessionĒ 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 didnít even get a chance to have their say.
Letís hope the next one on the 19th goes better.