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Commentary: The Latest Big Idea: Taxing Heating Fuels

by John McClaughry Last week the House passed a bill that raised taxes on the wrong people to support a worthy cause for, in large measure, the wrong...

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...

Commentary: A Lot of Little (and Some Big) Taxes Add Up

by Rob Roper Let’s say you run a small, struggling business in Vermont and, like many if not most, are operating on thin profit margins. If our legislature...

Join Us! For EAI’s 25th Jefferson Day Dinner

Tuesday, April 9th At Trader Duke’s, 1117Williston Road, South Burlington 5:30 pm social hour. Dinner & Program 6:30 pm. Click Here to Order Your Tickets Online “Jefferson, the Constitution,...

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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Paid Family Leave Hits an Ethical Snag

April 19, 2019 By David Flemming Those Vermont legislators committed to paid family leave regardless of cost could soon be faced with an unenviable choice. They can either...

Roll Call! House Allows Non-Citizen Voting in Montpelier (95-46), 2019

 . H.207 – AN ACT RELATING TO APPROVAL OF AN AMENDMENT TO THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF MONTPELIER REGARDING NON-CITIZEN VOTING IN CITY ELECTIONS.  . PASSED in...

What is “Moral Government?”

April 18, 2019 by Rob Roper There has been a steady stream of testimony over the past two years on the proposed $15 minimum wage and the mandatory...

Tax Day. Thank the Rich!

April 15, 2019 It’s income tax day! And, as such, it makes sense to take a look at who is paying what in Vermont for support of our...

Roll Call! Senate Votes to Expand “Pay to Move” Program (27-2), 2019

. S.162 – AN ACT RELATING TO PROMOTING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT . PASSED in the State Senate on April 12, 2019 by a vote of 27-2  . Purpose: To benefit economic development by...

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