By Kirk Carapezza
(Host) Senator Bernie Sanders says Vermont would greatly benefit from a transportation bill that would bring hundreds of millions of dollars to the state.
The $109 billion bill goes before the U.S. Senate this week. Sanders says the legislation is important, but given the repair needs of the nation’s roadways he characterizes it as a modest piece of legislation.
(Sanders) “The American Society of Engineers has estimated that we need to spend $2.2 trillion to get our roads, bridges and transit to a quote-unquote passable condition. That’s eight times more than what this legislation is proposing, but given what is going on in Washington and the general deadlock, it is a significant step forward.”
(Host) And if passed, the bill will deliver $408 million for transportation enhancements in Vermont, and it would level fund the state’s transportation budget for two years.