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

Italy to extend COVID state of emergency to end of Jan: PM

first_imgItalian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday he would ask parliament to extend the country’s COVID-19 state of emergency to the end of January, as the government tries to avoid the surge in cases seen in other European countries.The state of emergency, due to expire in mid-October, gives greater powers to central government, making it easier for officials to bypass the bureaucracy that smothers much decision-making in Italy.”We will propose to parliament to extend the state of emergency, probably to the end of January 2021,” Conte told reporters during a visit to Caserta, in southern Italy. The government holds a majority in the legislature.Italy, the first European country to experience a major coronavirus outbreak during the spring, managed to curb infections after a strict lockdown that ran between March and May.However, it has the highest COVID-19 death toll in continental Europe, with 35,894 confirmed fatalities.Daily cases have picked up again over the past two months but they remain under 2,000, a fraction of the number in France and Spain, which have been forced to tighten restrictions again in some areas.”The situation remains critical, although the infections are under control,” Conte added.  Topics :last_img read more

Lucerne Golf Club Senior Scramble results

first_imgDEDHAM — Results from the Lucerne Golf Club’s Senior Scramble on Thursday are as follows:First: Mike Dore, Mark Johnson, Royce Morrison and Tom Winston (-5); second: Dennis Kiah, Ben Sawyer, Charlie Perkins and Bob Mc Kenney (-4); Mel Mc Lay, Kerry Woodbury, Dick Baker and Daryl Briggs (-2); Barry Harris, Ron Allen, Roger Chandler and Bob Francis (-1). Closest to pin: No. 2 Mike Dore (8.05) and No. 6 Tom Winston (9.1).This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img