It’s likely that lawmakers will be back in
Montpelier for a special session in several weeks. That’s
because Governor Douglas is expected to veto the state budget for next
year. If he takes that action, it will
mark the first time in Vermont
history that a governor has vetoed the state’s annual spending plan.
of Vermont’s 19 interstate rest areas have been closed as a
result of budget cuts, but there’s some interest in reopening them if they can
pay for themselves. One idea is to allow
private businesses to operate the rest areas.
gas prices have persuaded more Vermonters to leave their cars at home and take
the bus to work. Advocates
say that helps the environment and saves wear-and-tear on the highways. But
they say the demand has begun to outstrip the state’s ability to pay for public
The growing demand for public transit comes in a time of stiff competition for transportation dollars, and meeting that demand proves difficult. Also, an environmental institute brings together future Arab and Jewish leaders to tackle the Middle East’s environmental problems while promoting peace.
House Transportation Committee is frustrated by the worsening condition of the
state’s roads and highways.
the committee has taken the unusual step of trying to force the Douglas
Administration to borrow money to pay for the needed repairs.