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Paco DeFrancis 
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Updated on January 6, 2017 at 11:59 AM


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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: “Frontier Announces Nonstop Flights From BTV to Denver

A320 aircraft isn't "Big for Burlington"--United often flies larger 737's (as well as the same A320's) on a daily basis.

What's different is Frontier packs 180(!) people on the same plane that non-discount airlines put ~140 people on. And Coach seating on those plans is already tight enough!

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 01/23/2019 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Vermont Democrats Counter Scott With Mandatory Paid Leave Plan

While I'm no fan of the Governor's proposal--PFL should be a benefit provided by employers as part of the total compensation package, just like paid time off/holidays, retirement, salary and health benefits; thus set by supply/demand in the labor market and not set by the state. My employer, for example, offers paid leave at 100% pay for up to 10 weeks (though sick/dying relative is not included).

How can the supporters of the mandatory program possibly proclaim this is "less expensive" than the governors? Will I be charge 0.93% payroll tax, even though I already receive a comparable PFL benefit through my employer? Also, even when split with an employer, a 0.47% tax on an average guy making $90k still comes out to over $400 of extra taxation per year. Remember: This is a payroll, tax, not an income tax, so deferments and deductions won't help you avoid it.

Enough is enough. If people there was real demand for PFL all employers would offer the program to attract and retain talent (many firms due, so clearly the State doesn't need to step in).

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 01/17/2019 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Right to Fight: Paco DeFrancis Is Burlington's Sole Republican City Council Candidate

With all due respect @KnowYourAssumptions you hide be an anonymous pseudonym. You have no right to call anyone "Nasty"--including those from the left, right or center.

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 01/10/2019 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Right to Fight: Paco DeFrancis Is Burlington's Sole Republican City Council Candidate

Thank you for the coverage of this race.

One footnote I'd add is that I called Bartley "nasty" in reference, and in context to, for when he sued the Len Britton campaign in 2013 for $32k. Having heard the stories from both sides, I thought it was nasty for him to sue the people whom he worked alongside in that 2012 US Senate campaign.

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 01/09/2019 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Amid Retail Pressures, Another Vermont General Store Prepares to Close

My hometown general store - Dan and Whit's - still doing very well in rural Norwich, VT which is also on the connecticut river. In a good market under good management village stores can still thrive, though $15/hr minimum wage may sink even the most resilient ones.

In addition to no sales tax, New Hampshire doesn't have the arduous Act 250 permitting process, which has allowed big box stores to sprout along West Lebanon floodplains like spring wheat.

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 12/12/2018 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Marketplace Futures: How Burlington Aims to Reorganize 'Downtown'

Re: The Oracle: Redmond's salary

The salaries for the Marketplace Department appear quite modest. It's certainly not the cash cow for politically-connected individuals that BED is. The latest publicly available information shows that Redmond had a base salary of $80,145 in FY17. The second-highest paid employee made a mere $65k. All other staffers were below $50k. That was two years ago; assuming 3.5% COL raises Redmon would be making ~$86k now. I would not say he is overcompensated; unlike Darren Springer, Mike Kanarick and many other Weinberger appointees at BED. Funny that all of Miro's buddies end up in $140k+ positions at BED rather than jobs at BCA or Code Enforcement.…

Granted, these are City employees, so they're entitled to pensions and generally have much better healthcare plans for them and their families than they'd get in the private sector. Likewise, a $86k salary in the public sector is more in line with a $100k-$105k comp package from the private sector.

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 12/03/2018 at 12:26 PM

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