The Vermont State Employees Association has given the Douglas administration a proposal that union officials say could avert the need for massive layoffs.
The union isn't releasing any details, but Director Jes Kraus
suggested more information might be released Monday.
The Douglas administration confirms it received information from the union and will review it.
Gov. Jim Douglas proposed 660 layoffs in his budget. He identified 60 positions. Agency and department managers have submitted plans to achieve the rest of the cuts. Those are still under review. Secretary of Administration Neale Lunderville
says he expects to share those cuts with legislators by late next week.
Lawmakers go home next Friday for two weeks, so a lot is likely to get put on the table in a hurry. The question is whether any agreements can be reached quickly.