Our Congressional Delegation—Leahy, Sanders and Welch--do an absolutely lousy job educating Vermonters on the federal budget and how we all get fleeced by Trump and the Republicans. The Defense budget is the most obvious, the 2017 federal budget, part-year President Obama compared to the two Trump budgets, the one we operate under right now, 2018, and the “base” budget Congress has agreed to starting October 1 for 2019, total increase is $73.9 billion, over 15% in two years when we had just ended the Iraq War and sharply curtailed troops in Afghanistan. Based on Vermont's per capita share of $2 million per billion of federal expenditure we undertake an additional $147.8 million share of Defense expenditures, fiscal year 2019 over fiscal year 2017. This truly is “huge.” For example, the 13,000 Vermont renter households (about one in seven statewide) receiving federal “affordable housing assistance” (30% of income max for rent) consumes about $106 million funds. (Federal budget increase in a recent decade of affordable housing assistants units, 1%.)The defense department increase equals about 1 ½ times total affordable housing assistance in Vermont! The Which to you prefer, serving the needs of 1,800 households on housing assistance waiting lists alone here in Chittenden County or $148 million for defense? Likely and correctly Leahy, Sanders, and Welch will say if they did not support the $73.9 billion defense increase, the Republican Scrooge Brigade would have gutted housing assistance and most other discretionary social support programs like our community health centers and child services. Fine, Congressional delegation, but tell the truth every day how this year Vermonters anti-up $147.8 million to support more F 35s, the Afghanistan War, etc. Each breath of criticizing a Supreme Court nominee, single payer health, or farmer subsidies, tell us Vermonters where our program increases tax money goes to—more F 35s and military drones. The lack of honesty from our Vermont political leaders helps explains frustration building up since about 1980 over the accelerating maldistribution of economic benefits which mostly accrue to the top 1%. Sad comment on the so-called leaders of Vermont with its town meeting government where town budgets get screened down the the last penny.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Friday, September 7, 2018
A FUN WAY TO LEARN FIRST HAND ABOUT THE FIGHT FOR A NEW CHAMPLAIN PARKWAY COMMUNITY DRIVEN DESIGN!
ROAD TO NOWHERE WALK TOUR
ROAD TO NOWHERE BIKE TOUR
Both 10 a.m. Saturday, September 15 (September 22 rain date) start at bottom of Pine Street at the unfinished Parkway – unlimited free parking at adjacent park-and-ride. The roundtrip 1.5 mile has a halfway stop for refreshments at City Market South End and ends back at Pine Street about noon. Walk or bike, choose your group!
Tour features Include
See first hand how Pine Street corridor gets severed by the Parkway
Find why walk and bike groups oppose the Parkway from lack of separate and safe walk and bike facilities
Learn how a single highly safe roundabout can serve as a safe-for-all City Market and Petra Cliffs gateway
Discover one street instead one from Home to Flynn Avenue just common sense
Learn the potential $8 million (of $43.5 million) project cost savings
Savor the view of the world's tallest file case sculpture opposite City Market South End
Ask your questions about the Parkway, latest status of several challenges, etc.