Justin Johnson

WAMC/Pat Bradley

The administration of Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is asking for the public's ideas on what the state's spending priorities should be as officials prepare what is expected to be a very tough budget for the next fiscal year.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced new administration appointments Thursday, filling two key cabinet positions.

The deputy commissioner of Vermont's Department of Environmental Conservation is going to become the deputy secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources.

The appointment of Justin Johnson was announced Tuesday by ANR Secretary Deb Markowitz.

Johnson will replace Chris Recchia, who is leaving ANR to become commissioner of the Department of Public Service.

Johnson has 18-years of experience in local, state and federal government in both the United States and Australia.