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Commentary: A Legislative Wrap-Up for 2019

By John McClaughry The 2019 legislative session is now history, and it’s worth taking stock of its accomplishments, both positive and negative. On the plus side, the FY2020...

Commentary: Politicizing Our Kids and Rising Suicide Rates

By Rob Roper A month or so ago several national media outlets covered a study about spiking teen suicide rates. And not just suicide: “We found significant increases...

Commentary: Public Policy Informed by Science, Not Nixonesque Fear Mongering

May 10, 2019 By David Flemming Last fall, the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) announced that it was considering adding new chemicals to Vermont’s Safe Product Act, a change that...

Commentary: Sneaking In the Seat Belt Mandate

by John McClaughry The Vermont House is, for the seventh time over 37 years, trying to enact a primary seat belt law for over-18 drivers.  Worse yet, this...

Commentary: Will Mandating a $15/Hour Wage Benefit Vermont?

By John Goodrich The legislature is working toward mandating a universal $15/hour minimum wage. I have been in a position to see the real effects of such a...

Workplace Freedom: What You Need to Know

Last summer, the U.S. Supreme court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that it was unconstitutional for pubic sector unions to collect “agency fees” — in Vermont, up to...

Janus v. AFSCME: an overview in Vermont

by Ben Johnson Ben Johnson is a past president of AFT Vermont and Vermont AFL-CIO. The Decision The US Supreme Court held in its Janus v. AFSCME decision...

VT Legislator Roll Call Profiles

Are Your Representatives Representing YOU? See How They Voted on Key Issues.   INTRODUCTION The following  collection of Legislator Roll Call Vote Profiles is brought to you as...
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A Response to “Who’s Really Politicizing Our Kids”

June 13, 2019 by Rob Roper The following is in response to a letter that appeared in the Caledonian Record on June 10th by Steven Isham.  To the...

VPIRG’s Plastic Agenda

June 12, 2019 By John McClaughry The plastic bag ban is sitting on Gov. Phil Scott’s desk. If he signs it, Statehouse Chronicle writer Guy Page reports, a working...

The Blittersdorf Special

June 11, 2019 By John McClaughry Remember the Champlain Flyer? That was Howard Dean’s commuter train that ran 13 miles from Charlotte to Burlington. After three years’ operation...

Roll Call! Senate Blocks Amendment to Remove Insurance Innovation from Bill (7-22), 2019

S.131 – AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE AND SECURITIES (BARUTH AMENDMENT) FAILED in the State Senate on April 3, 2019 by a vote of  7-22  . Purpose: The Amendment called for removing...

California Prison Drugs

June 7, 2019 By John McClaughry Steven Greenhut, writing in the Orange County (California) Register, makes an interesting point about drugs in prisons. He quotes a San Francisco...

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