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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...

Commentary: Our Seriously Unserious Legislature

By Rob Roper Recently the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce surveyed 500 young professionals, primarily Burlington area residents between the ages of 22 and 34, and learned that over...

Commentary: From Heating Fuel Tax to a Green Police State

April 23, 2019 by John McClaughry The House-passed heating fuel tax bill (H.439) is now in the Senate Finance Committee, but the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee...

April Survey: Double the Heating Fuel Tax? Yes or No?

          Should the legislature double the tax on the retail sale of heating oil, propane, kerosene, and other dyed diesel fuel delivered to 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...

The ESSEX Plan: Symbolic Environmentalism That Will Impose Economic Harm on Vermonters

by Jonathan A. Lesser, PhD I was asked by Vermont’s Ethan Allen Institute to prepare an economic analysis of The ESSEX Plan, the most recent carbon tax proposal...
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Best Moment of the 2019 Legislative Session

May 22, 2019 by Rob Roper During the debate over the plastic bag ban, Rep. Bill McCullough (D-Williston) explained the need for the legislation because, among other things,...

Niceties Aside, It’s an Authoritarian Police State

May 20, 2019 by Rob Roper In a recent commentary featured on Vermont Digger, Steering Clear of the Shoals of Socialism, David Moats urges his fellow leftists to...

Union Dues Developments

May 17, 2019 by John McClaughry A year ago the Supreme Court ruled that public sector labor unions could not require nonmembers to pay agency fees of usually...

Roll Call! House Increases State Minimum Wage (90-53), 2019

. S.23 – AN ACT RELATING TO INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE .  PASSED in the State House of Representatives on May 15, 2019, by a vote of 90-53 ....

Roll Call! House Bans “Single Use” Plastic Bags, Etc. (120-24), 2019

. S.113 – AN ACT RELATING TO THE MANAGEMENT OF SINGLE USE PRODUCTS . PASSED in the State House of Representatives on May 9, 2019, by a vote...

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