We gave a preview of this in a story last week, but now the Snelling Center's transportation study is officially out.
Charlie Smith, president of the Snelling Center, said:
Our surveys told us that Vermonters want transportation to be a high
priority. Bridge repair is at the very top of the priority list. While few
people are enthusiastic about new taxes, a large majority supports taxes as part
of the solution.
When asked what tax source they would favor most, a strong majority cited
user-related taxes such as gas and diesel fuel taxes, rather than income, sales
or property taxes. The surveys also indicated support for major public
borrowing to accelerate road and bridge repairs.
For the full Vermont Roads and Bridges report, the Executive Summary, and the Critical Data Guide, go to: www.snellingcenter.org/vermontroadsandbridges
This report puts the Douglas administration in an awkward spot. Charlie Smith used to be Gov. Jim Douglas' secretary of Administration, overseeing the state budget. Now he has put together a report that runs counter to much of what Douglas has been saying.
- Terri Hallenbeck