Snelling Center Issues Report on Strategies to Fund Road and Bridge Repairs

first_imgSnelling Center Issues Report on Strategies to Fund Road and Bridge RepairsNovember 25, 2008 – -The Snelling Center for Government reported today that surveys of business leaders and the public indicate that Vermonters want action to fix Vermont’s deteriorating roads and bridges.”Our surveys told us that Vermonters want transportation to be a high priority,” said Charlie Smith, president of the Snelling Center. “Bridge repair is at the very top of the priority list.”Data from the Agency of Transportation show that Vermont’s roads and bridges are deteriorating rapidly. Situations like the failing bridge in the Town of Richmond demonstrate how a village can be isolated and harmed when a bridge is closed. Moreover, the shortfall in funding for preventive maintenance and light repairs leads to much more expensive reconstruction projects.”Roads and bridges are a basic responsibility of government. This is a crucial issue for Vermont’s prosperity and for the viability of our communities in the coming decades,” Smith said.The Snelling Center’s report also indicates that Vermonters recognize that putting more money in roads and bridges will require political compromise.”While few people are enthusiastic about new taxes, a large majority supports taxes as part of the solution,” Smith said. “They also favor reallocation of current spending as part of the solution.” 89% of the business leaders and 63% of the general public said they favored a compromise even if it included an equal share from their “least favored funding source. “Vermonters are realists,” Smith said. “They want to be told the truth; they want priorities to be set; and they want problems to be solved.”When asked what tax source they would favor most, a strong majority cited user-related taxes such as gas and diesel fuel taxes, rather than income, sales or property taxes. The surveys also indicated support for major public borrowing to accelerate road and bridge repairs. 93% of business leaders and 79% of others favor public borrowing, with the majority favoring a debt increase of $220 million or more (i.e. 50% increase over current borrowing levels.)The Snelling Center for Government is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that fosters civic leadership and promotes informed citizen participation in public policy.For the full Vermont Roads and Bridges report, the Executive Summary, and the Critical Data Guide, go to: www.snellingcenter.org/vermontroadsandbridges(link is external).The Snelling Center for Government is a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to fostering responsible and ethical civic leadership, encouraging public service by private citizens, and promoting informed citizen participation in shaping public policy in Vermont. For more information, please visit our website at www.snellingcenter.org(link is external).last_img read more

Bigfoot Sighting Reported in Western North Carolina

first_imgA group that claims to track the mythic ape known as Bigfoot through the hills and hollers of Western North Carolina says they finally spotted the creature over the weekend in McDowell County.According to the group, which operates a Facebook page called Bigfoot911 with over 1,000 members, the sighting occurred around 11 P.M. Friday night.John E. Bruner, who runs the page, said the creature made its presence known after he and fellow group members set up glow sticks at various locations in an apparent attempt to lure the Sasquatch in.“The angle of the moon was shining straight down on the road and something big stepped into view,” Bruner said. “I turned my headlamp on and I saw a large bi-pedal animal covered in hair. It took one step into the woods, (then) I took off running toward where it went into the woods.”Bruner went on to state that he and fellow Bigfoot enthusiasts proceeded to track what they claim was a large, bi-pedal ape not recognized by modern science through the dark forest.His description of the sighting can be seen below:“It’s face was solid black, (with) no hair on it,” he said. “The hair looked shaggy all over (its body.) It turned and took five steps and was at the bottom of the hill, probably 30 yards. I could see the gluteus maximus flexing with each step.”—John E. Brunerlast_img read more

Baby Found Dead in Trash in North Lawrence

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A baby was found dead at a garbage processing facility in North Lawrence on Tuesday afternoon, Nassau County police said.Workers made the discovery at Town of Hempstead Sanitary District No. 1 facility on Bay Boulevard at 2:21 p.m., police said.Officers responded to the scene after receiving a report of a baby with difficulty breathing, but the baby was dead when they arrived, police said.The remains were taken to the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the baby’s cause of death.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

Orlando Tercero to appeal for shorter sentence

first_imgThe appeal will take place in a Nicaraguan court room, the Broome County District Attorney’s Office tells 12 News, and will be viewable via livestream. In November 2019, Tercero was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He was found guilty in the murder of Binghamton University student on Nov. 1 2019. (WBNG) — Convicted killer Orlando Tercero will appeal for a shorter prison sentence on March 10.last_img