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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...

Commentary: The Great Tax and Spending Deadlock Ends

By John McClaughry The great tax and spending deadlock of 2018 is now over. Governor Scott, after a hectic month of thrust and counterthrust with the Democratic House...

Commentary: $10,000 Bribe Undercuts Vermont’s Brand

By Rob Roper If I held up a cookie and said, “I’ll give you five bucks to eat this,” what would your initial re action be?More than likely,...

Commentary: Rolling Blackouts for New England?

  By Meredith Angwin  Rolling blackouts are probably coming to New England sooner than expected. When there’s not enough supply of electricity to meet demand, an electric grid...

New Tax Could Make Vermonters- and Our Government- Poorer

By David Flemming All Vermont taxpayers, especially those using Airbnb to travel or host, should be concerned about a new tax bill that passed the Senate and is...

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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Judge Kavanaugh and the Constitution

July 12, 2018 by John McClaughry President Trump has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, to serve on the Supreme Court. The President...

Brattleboro Bans Plastic Bags

July 10, 2018 By Rob Roper As of July first, it is illegal in the town of Brattleboro to give out “single use” plastic bags; the flimsy, shapeless...

WalletHub Ranks Vermont 4th Worst State to Start a Business

June 9, 2018 by Rob Roper The personal finance website, WalletHub, just published an analysis of the best and worst states to start business. As the site points out, one...

Forcing People to Pay Unions Was Theft

June 29, 2018 by Rob Roper The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to abolish the practice of pubic-sector labor unions literally stealing money (with state government support!) from non-members...

Health insurance mandate a step backward for Vermont health care

By Meg Hansen “If a mandate was the solution, we could solve homelessness by mandating everybody buy a house,” then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama quipped in a 2008...

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