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Shumlin preps for budget address

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Governor Peter Shumlin continues to receive national attention after focusing his entire State-of-the-State Address on opiate abuse.

But he promised to cover a wide-range of issues Wednesday during his budget address.
Shumlin is expected to address education quality and spending, the environment and renewable energy -- as well as health care and jobs.
     
The Governor says he's encouraged by Vermont's low unemployment rate but says there's more work to do. "I'm really going to target investments on areas of state government. Investments I think are going to grow jobs and that's really going to be the focus of my speech," Shumlin said.

The Governor is also expected to address how Vermont will overcome a $70 million budget gap. He's scheduled to deliver his remarks at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the House chamber.

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