Bill 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.# # #
Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse quarterback Zack Mahoney has been put on scholarship, SU announced Tuesday afternoon.Mahoney played in eight games last season despite starting the year as a fifth-string walk-on, including starts again then-No. 8 LSU and then-No. 1 Clemson. The Orange only lost by 10 in each of those games and Mahoney threw for a combined 234 yards and three touchdowns in those two games. Comments Published on August 23, 2016 at 4:08 pm Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org | @matt_schneidman Related Stories Syracuse football training camp blog: Devin Butler switches numbers, Kenneth Ruff catches passes again and moreGallery: Syracuse football plays paintball, runs youth clinic at Fort DrumJamal Custis working on filling out frame and potential in 2016Syracuse football running back George Morris out multiple weeks with ankle injury AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHead coach Dino Babers informed the team of the decision after Monday’s practice.“One of the things we’ve always looked at when awarding walk-ons scholarships is if they give our family an opportunity to win when they go into the game,” Babers said in the release. “The way Zack played last year, particularly the way he led this football team against LSU and Clemson, along with the way he’s prepared so far this year with our staff, there’s no doubt in my mind if there’s anyone deserving of a scholarship it’s Zack Mahoney.”Mahoney rose up the depth chart after injuries to Terrel Hunt, AJ Long and Eric Dungey. He started in four games and threw for 535 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran for 151 yards and two scores, both of which came against Clemson in a 34-24 loss.Mahoney came from the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois before coming to Syracuse before spring practice in 2014.“Coach Babers and this staff have truly given me an opportunity to show what I can do. I’ve developed a lot as a player and a person with this staff and I’ve very grateful,” Mahoney said in the release. “I’m excited to keep helping this team.”The Orange opens the regular season against Colgate next Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.