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Commentary: Shumlin’s Doctors-And-Dentists Tax

by John McClaughry In his January budget message, Gov. Shumlin announced a new source of tax revenue to help fill the ever-gaping Medicaid budget deficit ($55 million in...

Commentary: Make Big Wind Pay Its Own Way

by John McClaughry An intriguing battle is shaping up in the legislature, over industrial wind power. On one side is the Shumlin administration, wind developers, and pro-renewable energy...

Commentary: Abandoning Low Cost Hydro for Costly Renewables

by Willem Post Gov. Shumlin has decreed that Vermont must obtain 90% of its total energy from renewable sources by 2050, to ”make Vermont energy independent, fight global...

John McClaughry’s Rebuttal and Closing Statement vs. VPIRG

On December 3, the Ethan Allen Institute debated representatives of the Energy Independence Vermont coalition over whether or not Vermont should enact a Carbon Tax. The following are...

Rob Roper’s Opening Argument vs VPIRG on Carbon Tax

Rob Roper Why should Vermont enact a tax on Carbon? A tax that would ultimately artificially increase the cost of gasoline, according to proposed legislation, by 89-cents a...

EAI’s 2016 Agenda

Our goal is to empower citizens and voters with the information, the tools, and the networks they need to be successful activists within their own communities. Thus armed...

Commentary: Telling the Truth About Vermont’s Energy Policy (November, 2015)

By Rob Roper How often have we heard advocates for extensive wind and solar development on Vermont ridge lines and pastures (heavily subsidized by tax and ratepayers) say...

Press Release: EAI Launches New Energy Policy Focused Website

For Immediate Release November 9, 2015 Contact: Rob Roper rob@ethanallen.org 802-999-8145 EAI Launches New Energy Focused Website The Ethan Allen Institute, with the tremendous help of the Interstate...

VT Legislator Roll Call Profiles (2015 Update)

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...

Rob Roper Makes the Case for Statewide School Choice

CLICK to Watch Presentation EAI president, Rob Roper, is taking this presentation on why Vermont should adopt a statewide school choice policy around Vermont. In a nutshell, school...
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Roll Call! Senate Votes to Mandate Paid Sick Leave

. H.187 – AN ACT RELATING TO ABSENCE FROM WORK FOR HEALTH CARE AND SAFETY . PASSED in the State Senate on February 3, 2016 by a vote of...

2-3-16 – Gun Rights in Montpelier’s Crosshairs

Posted by Rob Roper Gun Rights opponents are getting bolder and more aggressive in Vermont. Despite the fact that this is an election year, something that usually deters...

2-2-16 – Legislators Want to Double the Fuel Gross Receipts Tax

Posted by Rob Roper Thirty-three members of the Vermont House of Representatives have sponsored a bill (H.841) that would double the Fuel Gross Receipts tax from 1/2% to 1%. This would double...

2-1-16 – We Need to Secure our Electrical Grid

by Frank Mazur An attack on our nation’s electrical grid is a national security threat nobody is talking about yet it could change the course of civilization.  It...

1-29-16 – Rep. Burditt on the Alarming Trend of Budget Adjustments

by Rob Roper As the legislature debated an adjustment to the FY2016 budget – upward by $90 million — Rep. Tom Burditt (R-West Rutland) shared an illuminating history...

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