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


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Re: “Scott, Zuckerman and Fellow Incumbents Dominate Vermont Public Media Poll

Under AG Donovan's leadership, Vermont prosecutors have been locking up low-level drug offenders rather than providing much-needed paths to treatment. Vote Janssen Willhoit for Attorney General for common-sense criminal justice reform!


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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 10/22/2018 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Scott, Zuckerman and Fellow Incumbents Dominate Vermont Public Media Poll

"Download the full results" that is a very misleading statement that has been passed around by the media all morning.

That excel file is merely a SUMMARY of the survey results. What people are looking for is the 606-row dataset that is inclusive of all samples surveyed so that the public can interpret and analyze as they see fit.

I appreciate Vermont PBS for the survey--they are a very respectable media outlet--as polls are expensive and scarce (it appears WCAX is no longer incurring this cost under their new management, which had in the past been the only other robust poll each election cycle). But you can't claim an "open data" policy when you don't allow the public to view the actual dataset.

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 10/22/2018 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Developer Has Not Sought Foundation Permit for Massive Burlington Project


I don't know why you keep circling back to the 2016 DMUC zoning overlay vote. That is rather irrelevant to the discussion here and significant downside risk Sinex is now experiencing that's causing the work stoppage.

What we're commenting on is how Miro and the Democratic councilors who pushed for both an intense public "vetting" process and major concessions of the developer--but also claimed to be in support of the developer the whole time--but now the oxygen has been sucked out of the room they look like idiots.

The BTVCC Dems (and to a lesser extent the mayor) kept pushing and pushing Sinex, asking him to do things that would not be asked of such an investor in other cities. And now, Jay Powell and the Board of Governors have "Gone loco" this project is no longer economically feasible....otherwise Sinex would be getting the financing he needs and putting contractors to work. Our local policy makers should've recognized the amount of risk that rising interest rates and other external factors could pose to this project. They didn't, they dragged out the permitting process and added in unneeded bureaucracy to the Development Agreement, pushing the economic feasibility of this project to the brink. Even developers as bullish as Sinex have only so much appetite for risk.

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 10/12/2018 at 1:14 PM

Re: “A Truck Plows Into Bessery's Butcher Shoppe

Cars ramming into small businesses might not be an epidemic but drunk driving is.

Enough is enough. Drunk driving kills. Time we condemn these type of actions and enact tough-on-DUI policies, like Norway has (min 1 year license suspension after first offense--and 0.05% BAC instead of 0.08%).…

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 10/11/2018 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Developer Has Not Sought Foundation Permit for Massive Burlington Project

@Eric J - "To not press on with the construction when everything appears to be in place is strange behavior"

No, this is not strange behavior. Sinex admittedly does not have financing for this project. The current state of global credit markets and interest rates are not conducive to getting the $170m loan he needs. It is not "strange behavior" to have a project stalled if there's no financing.

Proposed projects fail all the time because conditions change, rendering the project no longer economically feasible. You can discuss and speculate all you want, but all your find is Economics 101. Sinex currently has enough capital to pour the foundation, but why on earth would he do that if he may need to pull out all together in the coming months?

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 10/11/2018 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Developer Has Not Sought Foundation Permit for Massive Burlington Project

The external factors that have control over this project do not support his--or the Mayor's--optimistic view.

10-year treasuries continue to rise, now yielding well above 3.2% (nearly 100 basis point rise vs year ago) and the Dow's dropping 600 points as I type this. We're being hit with the double-whammy of rising interest rates on a market correction of US equity prices.

What happens on Wall Street will affect this project dramatically, and the City Council and Mayor have refused to acknowledge that. The Council dragged on the permitting process longer than they needed to, adding unnecessary requirements and doing nothing to mitigate the type of downside risk Sinex is experiencing in global financial markets.

Hello Newport?

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 10/10/2018 at 3:15 PM

Re: “State Senate Hopeful Joked About Sex Assault in 2015 Comedy Set

"But, but.....the Media is supposed be on our side!"

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Posted by Paco DeFrancis on 09/27/2018 at 2:29 PM

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