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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint House Resolution

J.R.H.  14

Joint resolution requesting state agencies, departments, and offices to cease publishing calendars for free distribution

Offered by:  Representatives Pugh of S. Burlington, Donahue of Northfield, Frank of Underhill and Sweaney of Windsor

Whereas, the finances of the state of Vermont are in a precarious condition as the general assembly prepares to adopt a budget adjustment act and looks forward to the fiscal year 2008 budgetary deliberations, and

Whereas, the budgetary review process will be painful, and many worthy programs will be granted insufficient funding for the coming fiscal year, and

Whereas, when assessing potential budgetary cuts, the legislature will be seeking to protect essential public services at the possible loss of desirable, but more peripheral, programs that do not rise to the same level of societal  importance, and

Whereas, in light of the stringent scrutiny many public programs will face, the practice of state agencies, departments, and offices publishing calendars for no-cost distribution to legislators and others is completely inappropriate, and

Whereas, although the calendars may be colorful and contain useful consumer information, they cannot be justified in these tight budgetary times, and

Whereas, it is not the primary or even ancillary mission of any state agency, department, or office to publish calendars, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly requests state agencies, departments, and offices to cease publishing calendars for free distribution to legislators and the public, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Mike Smith, secretary of administration. 


____________________________              Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House


____________________________              ____________________________

Brian E. Dubie                                             Donald G. Milne

President of the Senate                               Clerk, House of Representatives


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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont