Bill funding Vermont transportation needs clears House, sent to President

first_imgBill funding Vermont transportation needs clears House, sent to PresidentWashington, D.C. Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL) supported and the House passed HR 6532, the Highway Trust Fund Restoration Act, to address a projected shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund and restore more than $8 billion in federal funding for states.The bill, which has cleared the Senate and will now be sent to the president for his signature, restores over $47 million in federal transportation funding for Vermont’s roads and bridges.”Our roads and bridges in Vermont and across the country are falling into disrepair. It is simply unacceptable to continue to neglect the up-keep and safety of our transportation system,” said Welch. “The federal government needs to be a partner in supporting states in meeting our pressing infrastructure needs.”In FY2008, federal Trust Fund spending for Vermont is $161,725,931. Without action by Congress, the Federal Highway Administration estimates that Vermont’s funding will be cut to $114,413,876 for FY2009.The legislation prevents this $47,312,055 cut to Vermont transportation projects.In 1998, in response to concerns that the Highway Account’s $16.5 billion balance was too large, Congress transferred more than $8 billion from the Highway Trust Fund to the General Fund.In the face of major Highway Trust Fund shortfalls in 2009 and beyond, H.R. 6532 restores $8.017 billion in highway-user taxes to the Highway Trust Fund that were originally transferred in 1998.# # #last_img read more

Commonwealth Secretariat in collaboration with the Government of Dominica hosts three day retreat for the members of Cabinet and Permanent Secretaries

first_img Share 55 Views   no discussions Share Dr. Joan Nwasike – Acting Head of Section Regional Programmes and Adviser (Caribbean Region) of Governance & Institutional Development DivisionThe Governance and Institutional Development Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat in collaboration with the Government of Dominica will host a three day retreat for the members of Cabinet and Permanent Secretaries from Wednesday August 3rd to Friday September 2, 2011 at Fort Young Hotel.Since 2007, the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Governance and Institutional Development Division has been conducting high level retreats for governments in the Caribbean and African regions to strengthen the effectiveness of cabinet offices in their coordination role and support a more enabling environment for policy making at the centre of government.The retreat is designed and structured over the course of three days.One day will be spent on to be spent on cabinet, one day on the Permanent Secretaries and one day on the combined group to address issues related portfolio coordination and the policy and bill process.According to a press release, the objectives of this retreat are:– To clarify roles and responsibilities of Ministers and Permanent Secretaries in order to support an effective political-administrative interface and minimize perceived conflicts of interest between political appointees and technical/permanent civil servants.– To understand the role of Cabinet in terms of its collective responsibility and the implications of this for Cabinet members– To strengthen the role of the Cabinet Secretary.– To advise on and influence the strengthening of the Cabinet Office as a key to institution at the centre of government and a crucial player in policy-making processes.– To create a ministerial enabling environment.Facilitators of the Retreat include Mr. Wendell Mottley, a former Minister of Government of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Carl Greenidge, CFTC Technical Adviser to the Caribbean Regional Machinery and Mrs. Segametsi Mothibatsela, Consultant from the CARICOM Secretariat.By: Emmanuel H. JosephGovernment Information Service Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Commonwealth Secretariat in collaboration with the Government of Dominica hosts three day retreat for the members of Cabinet and Permanent Secretaries by: – August 31, 2011last_img read more