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Posted on March 5, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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STATE REP. DIANE Lanpher speaks to Ferrisburgh residents before the start of Town Meeting Saturday morning. Lanpher is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which is confronting some tough choices in drafting a fiscal year 2015 budget. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

WHITING — Town officials hoping for some sort of financial life preserver this year from the state for ailing municipal and/or school programs had better learn how to tread water.

That’s because local lawmakers on Monday served notice they are trying to erase a $112 million shortfall in the fiscal year 2016 state budget. And unlike past years, there is no federal stimulus money, nor better-than-anticipated tax revenues to close the gap.

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