Gov. Shumlin says he'll stand by Vermont veterans' home in Bennington in face of cuts

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BENNINGTON, Vermont — Gov. Peter Shumlin says he's going to stand by the Vermont Veterans' Home in Bennington.

The governor's comments come even though closing the home is included on a list of proposed budget cuts released last week by his administration.

The list of possible budget cuts, designed to save $29 million if enacted, also include closing the 100-bed prison in Windsor, divesting some state parks and eliminating funding for the state historical society and arts council.

The cuts are designed to close a $113 million budget gap in the next fiscal year.

The Bennington Banner ( ) reported Shumlin says he believes veterans deserve respect and just because closing the home has been suggested, it doesn't mean it will happen.

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