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Re: “Crumbling Local Roads Fuel Talk of a Vermont Gas Tax Hike

LikeDry road policy leads to overuse of salt (where are the environmentalists on this?)
Onerous inspection of vehicles.
Cash for clunkers.
Crumbling infrastructure breaks suspensions and other parts.
State that has some of the longest driving averages for commutes.
No, I'm sure 4 extra cents a gallon will totally fix this.

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Posted by doom on 02/14/2019 at 8:28 PM

Re: “Crumbling Local Roads Fuel Talk of a Vermont Gas Tax Hike

Look at how much the state and the feds take per gallon.
Then realize that most gas companies make less than 5 cents a gallon.

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Posted by doom on 02/14/2019 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Crumbling Local Roads Fuel Talk of a Vermont Gas Tax Hike

Cut. Spending.
On the bright side, I finally get to move out of this shit hole.

Good luck, you've done so well so far.

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Posted by doom on 02/14/2019 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Northern Front: Progs See an Opening in Burlington's Most Conservative District

Seven Days, you have done multiple stories on the prog, where is the story on the democrat? Or the independent?

Franklin Paulino is, as you noted, young and diverse, and I am sure your readers would like to learn more about him. Its too bad there is nothing in your paper to help them.

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Posted by lucyloo2 on 02/14/2019 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Crumbling Local Roads Fuel Talk of a Vermont Gas Tax Hike

I don't live in S Burlington and I don't pay S Burlington taxes. But if S Burlington had a Go Fund Me page for repairing the disaster that Dorset St is I'd gladly kick in a couple hundred bucks. Hell, $200 would be cheaper than suspension repairs for my car. And maybe they could even synchronize the lights, which would save me gas money. My favorite light is the one at the corner of Swift and Dorset headed south. It'll change and let one car through and then skip a cycle or two. Please fix it. IT ISN'T ROCKET SURGERY!

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Posted by Paul Jones on 02/14/2019 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Crumbling Local Roads Fuel Talk of a Vermont Gas Tax Hike

You don't need more state funding. And towns that are losing population do not and should not provide the same level of service in terms of road maintentance that they had when

What needs to happen is municipalities simply need to tear up the pavement on these non-essential roads and replace them with *dirt* roads; "like in the old days" as POTUS would say.

Not only are dirt roads aesthetically more pleasing to look at, they also are much preferable to residents for jogging/running as well as gravel grinding. That raises the quality of life for residents and will better attract families to move to rural Vermont.

Who is asking for Guptil Road to be paved, anyway? That new traffic light they're putting at the bottom of Guptil is ridiculous.

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 02/14/2019 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Northern Front: Progs See an Opening in Burlington's Most Conservative District

It has been amusing to note that Kurt Wright has decided that he lost his election because he was too "moderate". It's has also been interesting that his list of possible reasons why he was not re-elected does not include any mention of his aggressive support of the F35 basing, which a majority of Burlington voters voted to ban in 2017.

Not only did he campaign in support of the flawed basing decision, but he, Dave Hartnett and Jane Knodell tried to subvert the language of the resolution that 3,000 Burlington voters had signed onto. When that didn't work, he opposed putting it on the ballot at all, rejecting the voices of the people he served. (His attitude towards vetoing the voter's voices has become a pattern, as seen with the subsequent Keep City Park Green ballot initiative.)

Perhaps it was his untenable support for the destructive, inappropriate, unpopular F35 mission, one that will harm thousands of Vermonters, that got him the boot? It was pretty likely that it at least was a factor, but will Wright ever admit it? Doubtful.

Perhaps he should have heeded the warning that was directed to him at one of last March's City Council meeting about the F35 ballot, "Hell hath no fury like a voter scorned."

The F35s are Vermont WRONG!

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Posted by TruthBeKnown on 02/14/2019 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Crumbling Local Roads Fuel Talk of a Vermont Gas Tax Hike

The state has a spending issue!!!! Us the current gas tax dollar for its purpose, fixing roads!!!!! Deal with the basic needs and stop giving all this free stuff.

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Posted by Edward McGrath on 02/14/2019 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Northern Front: Progs See an Opening in Burlington's Most Conservative District

If Christianson and the other Progs are not willing to denounce fellow Prog Mohamed Jafars rampant misogyny, then they are just another group of women bashing opportunists.

If your party loyalty is more important than your personal integrity, you shouldnt be elected dog catcher, much less city councilor.

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Posted by Stacybtv802 on 02/14/2019 at 8:01 AM

Re: “Crumbling Local Roads Fuel Talk of a Vermont Gas Tax Hike

Those who howl for more American Empire, Endless Wars for Corporate Profits and more tax cuts are the same ones who cannot figure out why the infrastructure is crumbling? Delusional idiots. No wonder both major party candidates in the last Presidential election were so toxic. Nothing will change in the next election cycle, either.

The country is being hollowed out by the deceit of "free market capitalism" and Neo-liberal economics and out of control military spending.

America signed away its Rights with the wildly misnamed "Patriot Act". So, wave the flag, inoculate yourself from reality with lies about American "exceptionalism" and "democracy" and enjoy the party before the keg goes dry. We're almost to the bottom as it is.

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Posted by NorthOldEnder on 02/14/2019 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Crumbling Local Roads Fuel Talk of a Vermont Gas Tax Hike

I cannot wait to be fully relocated from this ridiculously unrealistic, mostly bleeding heart liberal state called Vermont that would rather spend money for welfare and fueling the opioid crisis than fixing its roads.

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Posted by saysme on 02/13/2019 at 7:40 PM

Re: “Crumbling Local Roads Fuel Talk of a Vermont Gas Tax Hike

Vermont already has to many taxes! Why doesn't Montpelier get rid of the offices that aren't necessary? That's a lot of money wasted there. And why is the money for roads being put in the general fund?

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Posted by Gi Grape on 02/13/2019 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Crumbling Local Roads Fuel Talk of a Vermont Gas Tax Hike

I think it would be ok to have a good tax increase for 3-4 years on gas as long as they take it off once they fix the roads, And make sure it goes for the roads, The problem will be that they find a way to keep the higher tax indefinitely, gas has gone down 10 cents recently, just raise it back up 10 cents fix those roads then lower the tax back down, Also they are voting on the inspection of our vehicles soon, so if all goes well that will save every Vermonter lots of money.

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Posted by Lee Nutting on 02/13/2019 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Crumbling Local Roads Fuel Talk of a Vermont Gas Tax Hike

BTV reader makes a good point. A large part of the state gas tax revenue, I believe 12.1 cents, goes to the general fund and not for our highway infrastructure. Shifting more of the funds collected for state and local highways is indeed another option for the legislature to consider to address our pressing highway and bridge needs.
A joint House and Senate Transportation Committee hearing will be held on Thursday the 14th from 10;30 to noon in room 11 of the capitol . They are offering this opportunity for town officials at the capitol as part of Local Government Day to give testimony on the condition of their roads and bridges and the vital part state aid plays in addressing needs. Those wishing to testify can sign up at the hearing.

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Posted by John Freitag on 02/13/2019 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Crumbling Local Roads Fuel Talk of a Vermont Gas Tax Hike

I'm glad the discussion has moved to how to tax hybrids and electrics. Instead of a gas tax try an odometer tax,
If overnight everyone switched to hybrids or electrics, how would we pay for the roads then? The state is already talking about a carbon tax for fossil fuel vehicles enough is enough.

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Posted by David LaVie on 02/13/2019 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Crumbling Local Roads Fuel Talk of a Vermont Gas Tax Hike

STOP raising taxes on the working class!
Sorry Rep. McCormack but not all of us can afford a fuel efficient vehicle.

@Seven Days, why don't you break out where the current VT Fuel taxes go here in the state. 100% of the tax does not go to the DOT.

Why doesn't the state stop diverting the fuel tax to the general fund and put it toward the roads?

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Posted by BTV Reader on 02/13/2019 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Northern Front: Progs See an Opening in Burlington's Most Conservative District

Regardless of who you are voting for, I am always disappointed to see articles about candidates that demonstrate favoritism.

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Posted by Erin Kranichfeld on 02/13/2019 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Northern Front: Progs See an Opening in Burlington's Most Conservative District

Honestly , lets get beyond these stereotypes that perpetuate a failed political order in this part of town that is finally changing for the better! Most New North Enders feel both isolated and ignored by this growing political machine at our City Hall for a variety of good reasons. The lack of transparency and developer insider connections upset those of us living out here. That these two wards in the North District have the both the majority of somewhat affordable rentals and homeowner based properties along with a diversity of people and a large student population, should be the bulkhead of keeping Burlington, as a city that cares and listens to its residents. I come from a working class background, raised by a single mother the first to attend college and work professionally, but also someone who faced poverty as a child and worked every possible job to make ends meet. For balancing access and growth in the New North End is more than an intellectual endeavor, it is how someone like myself, now a single dad with special needs child and homegrown business out of my homestead, can continue to live and thrive in a very strong and welcoming neighborhood. Kiernan Christianson is a breath of fresh air in a district that is finally waking up. And its about time!

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Posted by Mark Montalban on 02/13/2019 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Northern Front: Progs See an Opening in Burlington's Most Conservative District

The council president claims to defend blue-collar wallets - while spending taxpayers' money like a champ.

That same guy pretends that if a liberal (aka 'Progressive Party candidate") wins a council seat that it'll be a "huge" loss for taxpayers.

That is his way of pretending that a liberal councilor, so-called, is more likely to spend taxpayer money than a "conservative."


Pure, unadulterated baloney.

The council chief claims to be a Republican. But he's among the biggest spenders on the council of taxpayer money.

Truth be known, it doesn't matter one whit who emerges victorious in the upcoming council contests.

Property taxes will continue to skyrocket in Bernie Sanders' socialist adopted hometown, the crime rate will repeat its annual increase in that town, and the downtown in Vermont's largest city will lovingly embrace more sidewalk slovens.

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Posted by Ted Cohen on 02/13/2019 at 10:27 AM

Re: “#Resist: How Trump's Election Has Ignited Vermont Activists

"Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) office reports an 897 percent increase in call volume from 2016 to 2017 so far, and a 1,808 percent increase in phone calls since 2015. "

Be honest......
How many called to ask for a personalized campaign button with a signature from the "Zodiac Killer" ?


Posted by BikeTaxiGuy on 02/12/2019 at 2:12 AM

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