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Commentary: That Really Scary Climate Report

by John McClaughry On November 23 the U.S Government ‘s Global Climate Research Program delivered a Congressionally-mandated “National Climate Assessment” report. “Grim” is too weak an adjective for the terrors that the Report describes. Here’s an attempt to summarize the document: The earth is steadily getting hotter. “Human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are […]

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Commentary: Refocusing on Vermont After the National Election

By Rob Roper A recent post-election news story contained this quote from a Middlebury voter that, from what I observed, captures the broad reality of where people’s heads have been: “I’ve been so focused on the federal government, I don’t know what’s going on in Vermont.” (VT Digger, 11/7/18) Well, here’s some of what’s been […]

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Commentary: Legislative Preview for 2019 (November, 2018)

By John McClaughry The Vermont Digger headline a day after the elections well captured the enthusiasm of the newly elected legislative majorities: “Democratic supermajority comes with sky-high expectations”.  The final House tally was 102 Democrats and Progressives, 43 Republicans, and five independents. The Senate will be 24-6. Both chambers now have the 2/3 majorities needed to override any […]

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Commentary: Will Credit Rating Downgrade Spark Pension Reform?(October, 2018)

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 borrow money and the cost of doing so. The reasons Moody’s cited for the downgrade were “low growth prospects from an aging population,” and “debt and unfunded […]

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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 Vermont’s biggest polluters– while low- to moderate-income Vermonters would save money.” Call me skeptical, but a plan to tax everyday Vermonters in order to subsidize large companies like Ben […]

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Commentary: The Big Hammer to Force Everyone to Buy Health Insurance (October, 2018)

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 a state mandate to do the same thing, to take effect for the 2019 insurance year. But the legislature balked at announcing the penalty needed to enforce […]

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Commentary: Economic Freedom of the World 2018 (October, 2018)

by John McClaughry For a century or more politicians and economists and have argued about the relationship, if any, between economic freedom and human wellbeing.  The Fraser Institute, Canada’s leading market-oriented think tank, has just released its 2018 report on Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) to provide hard data to answer this question (fraserinstitute.org/economic-freedom). […]

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Commentary: Unions vs. Teachers: Thoughts After Janus (September, 2018)

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 and Vermont’s teachers have some questions to reflect upon. The big one for teachers is, are my union dues really worth it? According to statements made to […]

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Commentary: The School Consolidation Big Hammer (September, 2018)

by John McClaughry For over half a century, the managers of Vermont’s public education system have yearned to consolidate school districts, get rid of “inefficient” small schools, and install progressive ideas that the locals were too obtuse to grasp and implement themselves. Until 2009 those efforts repeatedly failed. But in that year Education Commissioner Armando […]

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Commentary: The Media is not “The Press” (August, 2018)

August 31, 2018 By Rob Roper Recently hundreds of news publications around the country, including several here in Vermont, participated a coordinated editorial campaign decrying criticism aimed against the media. Their general complaint is over the president accusing them repeatedly of being “fake news” and an “enemy of the people,” allegations which they describe as […]

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