MONTPELIER, Vt. -Vermont legislative leaders vowed Friday they would push for an adjournment today, although matters remained unresolved.

Gov. Jim Douglas, meanwhile, continued to criticize lawmakers over spending, saying they had fallen far short of his goals for cutting money for schools and hinting he might veto the budget bill for a second year.

House Speaker Shap Smith, a Morristown Democrat, brushed aside skepticism that lawmakers could complete their deliberations this evening. “Once we bring consensus to the building, we’ll get our work done and go home,” Smith said.

Leaders want to finish their work for the year today, when the Legislature’s own budget for the year runs out. It costs about $80,000 for each day added to the legislative calendar.


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