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Final transportation funding includes emergency and cost waivers provision

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first_imgUS Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced Monday that House and Senate negotiators have agreed to include in a final transportation budget bill for the coming year his provision to replenish the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Fund and provide important cost waivers that Governor Shumlin and others consider to be crucial to repairing and rebuilding roads and bridges damaged by Tropical Storm Irene.The bill also includes Leahy’s truck weight provisions for Vermont, to move heavy trucks from smaller state roads, including roads crossing through the downtowns of several Vermont communities, onto the state’s interstate highways.  Leahy is number two on the Senate Appropriations Committee and also a senior member of its Transportation Subcommittee, which handled the writing of the bill.Governor Shumlin has called the Leahy waivers a top priority for Vermont among many disaster-relief steps that are now pending before Congress.  Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) both support Leahy’s provision, and Welch played a critical role in pushing the Leahy-authored waivers among leadership in the House of Representatives.Following is a summary of the Leahy provisions in the final bill ‘·       Leahy worked to add $1.662 billion to the depleted Federal Highway Administration emergency fund, upon which Vermont will depend for help in repairing and rebuilding roads washed away or damaged by Irene-related flooding.  The emergency highway account today is almost empty.  Also vital to Vermont are several cost-waiver provisions Leahy added to the bill, which would save Vermont millions of state tax dollars by allowing Vermont to:o   Be reimbursed for more than the current $100 million per-state limit on federal emergency highway repair funds, which is especially critical as Vermont’s repair costs are expected to exceed the current cap;o   Be reimbursed 100 percent for emergency repairs beyond the current limit of 180 days.·        The bill also includes another high priority for Vermont: Leahy’s legislation to move heavy trucks off state secondary roads and onto the state’s Interstate highways for the next 20 years.  Leahy’s provision will help Vermont businesses and communities struggling due to the large number of state and local roads heavily damaged during the flooding disaster.  Leahy’s Vermont provision is paired with a similar change for Maine, authored by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine). Leahy will speak on the Senate floor tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 15, at approximately 11:45 a.m. about the legislation, and how it will help in Vermont. Leahy’d office. WASHINGTON (MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2011)last_img read more

Syracuse football recruiting: SU lands 15 recruits on opening of early signing period

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse signed 15 commits from the Class of 2018 on Wednesday, the opening of the NCAA’s brand-new early signing period.Most notably, SU managed to flip three-star Houston quarterback commit Chance Amie, who signed with the Orange on Wednesday despite pledging to the Cougars during the summer. Amie went on an official visit to Syracuse over the weekend, but head coach Dino Babers didn’t see the last-minute pitch as an attempt to “flip” the Texas native’s choice.“This is what we have to offer,” Babers said. “…If it feels right for you, then come join what we’re trying to do. The one thing we will not do is try to convince or trick someone to come to Syracuse University.”As far as Amie’s position at quarterback, Babers said the best guy will play. That will not be Amie. Babers wouldn’t budge on the topic of a competition between rising senior Eric Dungey and Tommy DeVito, the Elite 11 quarterback who redshirted as a freshman this year.Conversely, four-star offensive lineman Tyrone Sampson Jr., who had been committed to Syracuse since late April, reopened his recruitment instead of signing with SU. Since Sampson is in no way officially connected to the Syracuse program, Babers could not comment on his recruitment, per NCAA rules. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn the defensive side, SU signed three defensive backs, including 247sports four-star prospect Trill Williams, and three linebackers: Lakiem Williams, Tre Allison and Juan Wallace. Allison and Wallace are three-star prospects, per 247sports.com and Williams is a junior-college transfer. The Orange will be without four senior linebackers who played nearly the entirety of the snaps in 2017, making it a priority position in recruiting.Similarly, the Orange lost Steve Ishmael and Ervin Philips, two wide receivers who accounted for more than 50 percent of SU’s receptions in 2017, to graduation. Four wide receivers, including ESPN four-star Ed Hendrix, were brought in to add to the pool of replacements.“We’ve got to get some guys on campus and grow our own a little bit,” Babers said. “Our system is a system that’s not really that simple. We have techniques and fundamentals that those guys have to learn to be efficient in what we’re trying to do.”Of the 15 signees, five are currently expected to enroll in January: Amie, defensive backs Andre Cisco and Cameron Jonas and linebackers Wallace and Williams. Babers said without this new early period, he thought SU might not have had the chance to land some of these players.Here is a full list of Syracuse’s early signees with early enrollees in bold.Cameron Jonas, DB, 6-1 / 187 Trill Williams, DB, 6-2 / 190Andre Cisco, DB, 6-0 / 186Anthony Queeley, WR, 6-2 / 195Cooper Lutz, WR, 5-11 / 190Carlos Vettorello, OL, 6-4 / 277Taj Harris, WR, 6-2 / 175Willem Froumy, OL, 6-6 / 290Juan Wallace, LB, 6-2 / 215Tre Allison, LB, 6-1 / 212Ed Hendrix, WR, 6-3 / 185Qadir White, OL, 6-7 / 334Gabe Horan, TE, 6-6 / 260Lakiem Williams, LB, 6-0 / 240Chance Amie, QB, 6-3 / 191 Comments Published on December 20, 2017 at 5:41 pm Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtblosslast_img read more