Saturday, May 25 2013 6:56 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:56:57 GMT
It wasn't exactly barbecuing weather today as Memorial Day weekend got off to a rainy and chilly start. And it's no surprise the rain put a damper on holiday activities. Saturday of Memorial Day weekendMore >>
It wasn't exactly barbecuing weather today as Memorial Day weekend got off to a rainy and chilly start. And it's no surprise the rain put a damper on holiday activities.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:54 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:54:42 GMT
An Au Sable Forks, New York theater is one of ten in the North Country doing what it can to stay open. "We'll be dark. There will be no movies shown in these theaters and you'll have toMore >>
After being denied a state grant, a number of North Country theaters could go dark by the end of the year. That's because Hollywood is getting rid of film movies, which is what those theaters rely on. But they're not giving up yet.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:51 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:51:11 GMT
A couple has lost their home to floods twice in just three years. Last night's storm washed out a road in Underhill, and nearly everything in its path. Governor Shumlin was at the site of the hardestMore >>
A couple has lost their home to floods twice in just three years. Last night's storm washed out a road in Underhill, and nearly everything in its path.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:25:36 GMT
Beansie's Bus is situated right along the start and finish of the race so they're looking to get swamped by hungry customers Sunday but rain too. "Unfortunately the weather might not cooperate," Beansie'sMore >>
VCM organizers making sure they have cold/rainy weather equipment for runners.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:21:38 GMT
Damaged homes, washed out roads, and now major clean-up.In just a few hours heavy rains flooded much of Northern Vermont. Hardest hit were Essex, Jericho, and Underhill.The torrential rains Thursday nightMore >>
Damaged homes, washed out roads, and now major clean-up.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:15 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:15:28 GMT
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon. A press release says that if possible, motorists should avoid downtown Burlington on Sunday,More >>
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 1:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:07:11 GMT
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday. Officials say they are postponing due to the upcoming inclement weather expected this weekend. Here's the updated schedule of events:7:30amMore >>
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:26 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:26:27 GMT
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been canceled due to inclement weather predictions. According to Essex Memorial Day Parade Committee, the parade has been postponed one week to Saturday June 1 at 10 a.m.More >>
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been postponed due to inclement weather predictions.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:31 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:31:32 GMT
The Burlington Police Department arrested two people for pick-pocketing two men at a local night club in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, May 17.Police say Stephanie Rivers, 24, and Victoria Hammond, 23, bothMore >>
The Burlington Police Department arrested two people for pick-pocketing two men at a local night club in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, May 17.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:29 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:29:26 GMT
If the prices at the pump are giving you second thoughts about traveling this holiday weekend, these suggestions might help. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has some recommendationsMore >>
If the prices at the pump are giving you second thoughts about traveling this holiday weekend, these suggestions might help.More >>
MONTPELIER, Vt. -
A big hole in the transportation budget has lead to talk of a new gas tax to fill the empty tank
At a news conference in Montpelier Thursday Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin recognized that part of VTrans budget shortfall is also part of better driving practices.
"It's a result of our success in driving more fuel efficient cars and driving the miles we're traveling so that's the good news," Gov. Peter Shumlin said.
The bad news is a $28.24 million gap in VTrans budget. The money is needed to receive $40 million in federal funding. To make up the difference law makers proposed a 4% sales tax to purchases at the pump.
But is this the kind of broad based tax Governor Shumlin promised he wouldn't add during his budget address last month?
"We're finding a better way to take in transportation dollars that we've been losing over the last several years because we're driving less miles," Gov. Shumlin said.
"But it impacts all Vermonters," we asked.
"You can call it what you want. Of course it's affecting all Vermonters. Do any of us want to do it? No," Gov. Shumlin said.
This gas tax has consumers worried but also some businesses. Some gas station owners are concerned their customers will cross over to New Hampshire in search of lower gas prices.
"Oh it's definitely going to impact our business," Peter Annis said.
Annis owns Black River Quick Stop in Springfield which, for his customers, is only a quick trip from the Granite State.
"They're naturally going to go to the place where they can get the most value for their dollar," Annis said.
Getting the best value possible is the same rationale law makers use to raise gas taxes to get that $40 million in federal funding.
"We desperately need to rebuild our crumbling roads and bridges," Gov. Shumlin said.
"So it's a choice."
But Vermonters thinking of making the choice to fill up in New Hampshire should consider this. That state is also considering a 12 cent gas tax hike over the next three years because of deteriorating roads.
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