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Commentary: Will Credit Rating Downgrade Spark Pension Reform?

By Rob Roper On October 23, Moody’s, the investors credit service, downgraded Vermont’s bond rating from AAA to Aa1. This has significant implications for the state’s ability to...

Commentary: ESSEX Carbon Tax Carnage

By David Flemming A few months ago, Paul Burns of VPIRG proclaimed that “the ESSEX Plan (would make) the wealthiest and large corporations (to) pay their fair share as...

Commentary: The Big Hammer to Force Everyone to Buy Health Insurance

by John McClaughry The 2018 legislature, alarmed by the repeal by Congress of the Obamacare tax on persons who failed to buy government-approved health insurance, decided to impose...

Commentary: Unions vs. Teachers: Thoughts After Janus

By Rob Roper Following the Janus vs. AFSCME Supreme Court decision that ruled public sector unions can no longer force non-members to pay agency fees, both the unions...

EAI Releases Study of How the ESSEX Carbon Tax Would Impact VT Households

For Immediate Release September 18, 2018 Contacts: Rob Roper, rob@ethanallen.org David Flemming, david@ethanallen.org EAI Releases Study of How the ESSEX Carbon Tax Would Impact VT Households To Read EAI’s...

Seven ESSEX Carbon Tax Profiles: What A Carbon Tax Means For You

August 30, 2018 By David Flemming To view all ESSEX Carbon Tax Profiles as a multiple-page PDF, click HERE. Our seventh Carbon Tax Profile looks at Tim Davis. Tim...

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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Do Vasectomies Prevent Dictators?

November 16, 2018 By David Flemming George Plumb claimed in a November 9 VTDigger commentary that men should feel obligated to get vasectomies to prevent authoritarians from using booming populations...

Dealing with Pre-Existing Conditions

November 15, 2018 by John McClaughry During the last national election campaign Democrats scored points by attacking Republicans for wanting to deny health insurance to people with pre-existing...

When a Liberal State Rejects a Carbon Tax

November 14, 2018 By David Flemming When asked bluntly, even the most liberal voters hate carbon taxes. That was made evident in the state of Washington on Election...

Climate issues fared poorly on state ballots 

November 14, 2018 by John McClaughry The very liberal Washington Post ran a story on November 7 on the fate of climate change issues on state ballots. Their...

How I Voted Three Times. Or not.

by Rob Roper I voted three times last Tuesday. Or maybe I didn’t. My point is, you have no idea. You see, I have two kids who recently...

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