Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:56 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:56:44 GMT
Nearly two years ago, Deborah Drewniak's family wasn't sure if she would be around after being severely injured in a texting and driving accident. Instead of focusing on herself, Drewniak wants to helpMore >>
A Vermont woman seriously injured by a teen, who was texting and driving, is trying to share her story with as many people as she can.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:50 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:50:08 GMT
Magic Hat has filed a lawsuit against West Sixth Brewing because of its labeling. The Vermont based company says its copyrighted #9 label looks a lot like the Kentucky based company's products. MagicMore >>
Magic Hat has filed a lawsuit against West Sixth Brewing because of its labeling.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:47:21 GMT
Between the deep blue seas off the horn of Africa and the Hollywood hills where film makers will tell his story, is Underhill Vermont,where Richard Phillips can be home and can be mostly private. Humble,More >>
Between the deep blue seas off the horn of Africa and the Hollywood hills where film makers will tell his story, is Underhill Vermont,where Richard Phillips can be home and can be mostly private.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:29 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:29:35 GMT
We're celebrating a very special birthday tonight - the American Cancer Society is turning 100! As you may know, FOX44/ABC22 has teamed up with the organization because one of our own recently had a cancerMore >>
We're celebrating a very special birthday tonight - the American Cancer Society is turning 100!As you may know, FOX44/ABC22 has teamed up with the organization because one of our own recently had a cancer diagnosis. She's fortunately one of the ones who caught it early, and is doing well. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:43 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:43:07 GMT
As boaters take to the water, biologists with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department want to remind people to use the spread prevention method. The recommended method will help reduce the spread ofMore >>
As boaters take to the water, biologists with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department want to remind people to use the spread prevention method.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 3:34 PM EDT2013-05-22 19:34:21 GMT
The American Cancer Society is celebrating its 100th birthday. A press release says of the estimated 4,060 people diagnosed with cancer this year in Vermont, about 1 in 4 will be served with American CancerMore >>
The American Cancer Society is celebrating its 100th birthday.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 3:02 PM EDT2013-05-22 19:02:05 GMT
The traffic lights at Dorset Street and Williston Road are malfunctioning. Police say the South Burlington Highway Department is working on fixing the problem. It may take crews a few more hours to fix.More >>
The traffic lights at Dorset Street and Williston Road are malfunctioning.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 2:37 PM EDT2013-05-22 18:37:07 GMT
Here are some thunderstorm safety tips from the FOX44 & ABC22 SkyTracker weather team. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means that conditions are favorable for storm development. As a result, you should remainMore >>
Here are some thunderstorm safety tips from the FOX44 & ABC22 SkyTracker weather team.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-05-22 17:47:05 GMT
A boiling water advisory has been issued for some Montreal residents Wednesday. According to CBC, the boil water advisory, affecting more than 1 million Montrealers, covers all areas south of the MetropolitanMore >>
A boiling water advisory has been issued for some Montreal residents Wednesday.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:51 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:51:34 GMT
The body of a Vermont man was found floating offshore of Lower Matecumbe Key, Florida Sunday. Florida police say the body was identified Monday as 55-year-old Mark Parent, of Enosburg, Vt. Someone calledMore >>
The body of a Vermont man was found floating offshore of Lower Matecumbe Key, Florida Sunday. More >>
MONTPELIER, Vt. -
Vermont's transportation system is suffering from a serious lack of money.
Crews are having a tougher time keeping the roads we use everyday in the best possible condition.
A lot of transportation funding comes from the federal government but in order to receive that money, states have to come up with a 20 percent match.
In 2012 Vermont needed a $10 million bond, a 6.3 percent hike in DMV fees and other quick revenue fixes in order to reach the amount needed for the federal match. A recent review by The Section 40 Committee on Transportation Funding estimates a $240 million gap in the budget and what's needed to keep the roads acceptable for Vermonters.
Listed in the report are a number of possibilities that could create revenue including a tax on the number of miles you drive.
"The vehicle miles traveled is the purest form of a user based system you know you get charged on the miles you use," VTrans Director of Policy and Planning Chris Cole said.
Cole says that regardless of what methods are settled on to raise revenue somehow the transportation budget has to grow in Vermont.
"Projects cost more, bridges cost more to build but your revenue isn't adjusting to inflation. That decreases your ability to get things done," Cole said.
The budget isn't adjusting because 30 percent of it is based on a state tax on gas which isn't earning as much anymore.
Part of the reason for this gap in the transportation budget is because Vermonters are driving less on their own thanks to park and rides and other public transportation options. Also because they're driving more fuel efficient vehicles and filling up less at the pump.
"As we are successful in public transportation and the success of the commuter routes, the LINK Express and all the folks who are riding these commuter systems it's reducing our gas tax. So we are definitely a victim of our own success," Cole said.
Cole says a mileage tax would eliminate the gas tax making it so tourists would no longer contribute to the transportation system budget. Combined with the time and technology needed to set it up he says it might not be worth it yet.
The means in which the Vermont Transportation System will raise revenue will become much clearer after Governor Peter Shumlin outlines his budget proposal January 24th. That's when the House and Senate Committee on Transportation and Secretary of Transportation Brian Searles will see what they have to work with.
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