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FINANCE COMMITTEE BUDGET HEARINGS SCHEDULE

Aug. 15, 2001 – Accountants work morning, noon and night each year as the April 15 income tax deadline nears. Santa's on the job all night on Christmas Eve. Many would say both have a lot in common with the Senate Finance Committee, whose members are about to move into 12-hour-and-more workdays to get a government budget approved by the Oct. 1 start of Fiscal Year 2002.
The committee is to begin 10 days of executive branch budget hearings on Aug. 22 that will take it through Sept. 6 with days off only for weekends, including Labor Day. A summary of the schedule follows.
For a complete schedule, see the "Legislative calendar".
Wednesday, Aug. 22 — St. Thomas
Morning: overview from the Office of Management and Budget, Finance Department, Internal Revenue Bureau, Economic Research Bureau and Tax Assessor's Office.
Afternoon: government special funds status report.
Evening: Insurance Fund status report.
Thursday, Aug. 23 — St. Thomas
Morning: Public Finance Authority / West Indian Co., Capital Improvement Program
Afternoon: Port Authority, Water and Power Authority
Evening: Legal Services, Commissions on Law Revision and Uniform State Laws
Friday, Aug. 24 — St. Thomas
Morning: Indirect Cost Fund, "Miscellaneous" budget section
Afternoon: Internal Revenue Bureau, Finance Department, V.I. Lottery
Evening: Tourism Department, V.I. Hospitality Institute and Cultural Heritage Foundation
Monday, Aug. 27 — St. Croix
Morning: V.I. Elections System
Afternoon: Labor and Agriculture Departments
Evening: Human Services Department, V.I. Horse Racing Commission
Tuesday, Wed. 28 — St. Croix
Morning: Justice Department
Afternoon: Health and Licensing and Consumer Affairs Departments
Evening: Police Department, V.I. Fire Services
Wednesday, Aug. 29 — St. Croix
Morning: Economic Research Bureau
Afternoon: Personnel Division
Evening: Government Employees Retirement System
Thursday, Aug. 30 — St. Croix
Morning: Public Works Department
Afternoon: Planning and Natural Resources, Veterans Affairs Office, Adjutant General's Office, V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency
Evening: Education Department
Friday, Aug. 31 — St. Croix
Morning: Housing, Parks and Recreation Department, V.I. Housing Finance Authority
Tuesday, Sept. 4 — St. Croix
Morning; Property and Procurement Department
Thursday, Sept. 6 — St. Croix
All day: budget review and revenue update

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