Vermont Gov. James H. Douglas yesterday afternoon delivered his sixth annual budget address revealing a $4.3 billion 2009 budget in state and federal funds. He emphasized having a budget that was “compassionate and balanced” without raising taxes on Vermonters, noting the U.S. may be headed for a “period of economic uncertainty.”

The state’s general fund budget Douglas presented totaled $1.2 billion, which is a 3.2% increase in base appropriations over the current 2008 fiscal year, ending June 30.

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