The Lac Megantic catastrophe raises questions about the agencies charged with keeping track of hazardous materials shipped by rail. In Vermont, the state remains largely in the dark.
Paper forms will be eliminated for service technicians who perform inspections. Project could take up to 2 years.
After acknowledging an error in revised EIS, Air Force contractor clarifies how signatures are used.
The Legislature raised the gas tax by 6 cents per gallon to avoid losing $60 million in federal transportation funds. And undocumented farmworkers in Vermont gained the right to obtain driving privilege cards.
Reps. Duncan Kilmartin, R/D-Newport, and Kurt Wright, R-Burlington, said identity fraud and national security concerns prompted their opposition.
Once the governor signs the bill, the new tax will go into effect by May 1.
In a 23-5 vote, Vermont Senate approves 7.5 cent per gallon tax on gas Friday; tax set to take effect on May 1.
Part of the reason for raising the diesel tax, explained Senate Transportation member Sen. Richard Westman, R-Lamoille, is to balance the tax burden broadly and fairly among all users of the state’s transportation infrastructure.
The staff of state and federal lawmakers stressed that the decision to make the project eligible as a “406 hazard mitigation measure” applies only to this one appeal for Townshend.
Sen. Richard Mazza, the Democrat who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, also said he was “interested in it, because we have to be interested in it.”
Overall, Vermonters will see a 7.5 cent increase in gas taxes, by 2014, with the first phase of the tax coming this May.
AOT Secretary Brian Searles said he “had extensive conversations (with CNN staff) over time and on that day. They came here with an agenda to attack the high speed rail program.”
This year alone Vermont will see a roughly $30 million gap in state transportation revenues.
“For the state to solve this problem [alone], we’d have to more than double what Vermonters are currently paying through a variety of sources – taxes and fees – to fund the transportation system. That’s simply not realistic,” Searles said.