weeks, we’ve heard talk about “shovel-ready” projects and the federal
stimulus package that will pay for them. Well,
the first installment of that federal transportation money has arrived in Vermont. And state officials say they’re ready to spend it.
How should Vermont spend its $131 million in federal transportation stimulus money. We go over the initial list of 30 "shovel ready" projects with VTRANS Secretary David Dill. Plus, we bring you the latest results from Town Meeting Day, and we read from some of your emails.
As part of the state’s budget cutting, the
Transportation Agency wants to eliminate passenger rail service between Rutland and Albany, New York. It would be replaced with a
bus that would stop in additional Vermont towns.
Vermont’s budget crisis deepens, the Douglas Administration
hopes the federal government will pay more for road and bridge repair. The
Administration also wants to increase motor vehicle fees in order to stem a
growing deficit in the transportation fund.
gas prices mean the state and federal governments are collecting less money in
transportation taxes. The
shortfall comes just as Vermont
struggles to pay for a backlog of needed road and bridge projects. Some
experts say it’s time to look for new revenue sources.
John Dillon reports.