Ahead of a June 2 special legislative session, legislative leaders and the Douglas Administration will hold public forums to inform the public about the budgetary issues. Douglas vetoed the $4.5 billion budget and has offered his own alternative. Before the Legislature would take up Douglas’ changes, it will first have to vote to sustain or override the veto. As with the gay marriage veto that the Legislature overrode in early April, the budget showdown could come down to a single vote.Public Hearings to Address BudgetWednesday, May 27Noon –1 pm, WillistonThe Governor will speak with businesses regarding budget challenges currently facing the state, and economic development opportunities, such as the Sales Tax Holiday and R&D Tax Credit. He also wants to listen to their concerns and ideas and discuss strategies for putting the state on a fiscally sustainable path.This event will be held at noon at DEW Construction at 277 Blair Park Road in Williston. No registration is needed to attend. 1 – 4 pm, Montpelier The House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee, along with the Chairs of Appropriations and Education, will hold a public hearing from 1 – 4 p.m. in Room 11 at the State House regarding the Education Fund and tax proposals for this year’s budget.You can sign-up in advance to testify by contacting the Joint Fiscal office at 828-5767 and asking for Theresa, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail). Thursday, May 281– 4 pm, Montpelier The House and Senate Appropriations Committees, along with the Chairs of Ways and Means, Finance, Human Services, Health Care and Government Operations, will hold a public hearing from 1 – 4 pm in Room 11 on the governor’s proposal to make deeper General Fund cuts.You can sign-up in advance to testify by contacting the Joint Fiscal office at 828-5767 and asking for Theresa, or by emailing email@example.com(link sends e-mail).