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Commentary: The Lake Champlain Phosphorus Crisis

by John McClaughry The Vermont legislature is now well into the final chapter of a high-stakes saga that began in 2010. At its center is the phosphorus level...

Commentary: Every Student Deserves The Opportunity I Had

by Rob Roper When I was in second grade, my parents moved our family from Virginia to Connecticut because Dad took a job in New York City. They...

Commentary: Where Gov. Scott’s Education Transformation Leads

By John McClaughry Gov. Phil Scott’s budget address promised a balanced General Fund budget lower than last year’s. It reiterated his opposition to any new taxes and fees,...

January Survey: $850,000,000 Pre K Program?

Should the new Legislature embark on an $850 million expansion of Vermont’s taxpayer subsidized Pre-Kindergarten (birth through 5) program? Yes, our public school system will invest the money effectively...

Ethan Allen Institute Energy Policy Recommendations  

The following is the concluding section of the EAI comments on the Comprehensive Energy Plan update of 2015, offered by the Public Service Department. The earlier sections analyzed...

Commentary: First Steps Toward 700,000 Vermonters

By Rob Roper During the gubernatorial campaign Phil Scott set a goal to expand Vermont’s population from 625,000 to 700,000 over the next ten years or so. This...

Vermont’s Energy Policy Is Out Of Touch with The People, Culture, And Economy of the State. See the Latest EAI Video

The Ethan Allen Institute released this week a ten-minute video overview of Vermont’s current energy policy and what it means for the future of our state. In a...

VT Legislator Roll Call Profiles (2016 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...

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...
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Manufacturing a Childcare Crisis

by Rob Roper I recall a story of Roman history in which a power hungry prefect manufactured a food shortage in the city in order to rile up...

Coffee Drinkers Are Eco Heroes. Don’t Tax Them!

by Rob Roper This is how desperate Montpelier is for money: the House Natural Resources Committee is seriously discussing a 5 cent per pound excise tax on coffee....

Healthy Indiana 2.0 (A Workable Healthcare Solution)

by John McClaughry What to do about Medicaid is a recurring question in Washington and Montpelier. Fortunately, there’s a solution. It’s called Healthy Indiana. Prof. Regina Herzlinger of...

You CANNOT Trust Vermont Politicans

by Rob Roper A recent article on the latest push by the legislature to raise the minimum wage to $15/hr. and pass mandatory paid family leave in Vermont...

Business is Great! (So Long As You Subsidize Us)

by Rob Roper The Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee held a joint meeting with the Economic Development committee to hear testimony on S.51, which would codify into...

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