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Commentary: A Potentially HUGE Bill for Property Taxpayers on the Horizon

by Rob Roper Vermont property taxpayers are in the pot like the boiling frog from that old analogy. For over a decade we have been following the goal...

Commentary: Legislature Shouldn’t Blow Chance to Help Our Economy

By Rob Roper Vermont Business Magazine (VBM) wrote about some good news for a Vermont economy that has otherwise been pretty moribund for several years. The bright spot is our...

Commentary: Sorrell’s Partisan War Against “Climate Fraud”

by John McClaughry On March 29 Vermont’s outgoing attorney general William Sorrell and two of his lawyers travelled to Manhattan to serve as useful props in a news...

Commentary: Vermonters Deserve a Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights

By Rob Roper The Vermont House Ways & Means committee just passed out a $48.3 million package of new or increased taxes and fees. The list includes an...

Join Us! EAI Jefferson Day Dinner, April 13

Come Join Us For The ETHAN ALLEN INSTITUTE’S 23rd ANNUAL JEFFERSON DAY DINNER “Vermont’s Jeffersonian Vision for Local Self Government” A Dinner Talk by John McClaughry Wednesday, April...

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...

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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5-4-16 – More of Sharpe’s Misrepresentations on Act 46

by Rob Roper Fresh off getting his rhetorical tail waxed in the comments section of Vermont Digger (and on the EAI blog by John McClaughry), Rep. Dave Sharpe...

5-3-16 – The Big Short

by John McClaughry Last week I watched The Big Short, a much discussed movie about the financial crash of 2008. The central plot is this: the stock market is...

4-29-16 – Proponents Will Say/Do Anything to Get Their Carbon Tax

by Rob Roper The pro-Carbon Tax PR offensive continues, and it appears all tactics are on the table. Vermont Watchdog reports that several names of businesses used by...

4-20-16 – Sharpe’s  Misrepresentations

John McClaughry Rep. David Sharpe (D-Bristol), the engineer of the Act 46 school consolidation bill, penned an op ed on Vermont Digger on April 27. Says Sharpe, “Act...

4-25-16 – Pre-Property Tax Increase Propaganda….

by Rob Roper A couple weeks ago we wrote about a VT Digger article highlighting the fact that a $33 million federal grant that is allowing eight supervisory unions...

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