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Commentary: How Will Vermonters Afford This Agenda?

by Rob Roper The Vermont legislature returns in January with a long list of daunting challenges, all with potentially astronomical price tags for Vermonters, who are already some of the most highly taxed people in the United States. Among this list includes a projected 6% increase in property taxes to fund an education system already […]

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Help Us Make a Difference in 2020!

Dear Friend of Liberty, .         This past September we all witnessed The Climate Strike and Week of Action as angry mobs of disgruntled Leftists blocked traffic around the state in hopes of intimidating Vermonters into supporting their radical “green” agenda. This was the opening primal scream in what promises to be an […]

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Commentary: Yes, We Do Need to Focus on Our Business Climate (November, 2019)

By Rob Roper Governor Scott recently took some heat from the media over a statement he made following the announcement by Energizer that they would be closing their Bennington plant and moving its operations to Wisconsin. The governor said: “This decision [by Energizer] is an unfortunate example of why those of us in Montpelier need […]

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Commentary: Achieving Net-Zero CO2 Emissions by 2050 (November, 2019)

by John McClaughry A popular commitment among candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for President is a declaration of the year in which the United States must be made to achieve “net -zero carbon dioxide emissions”.  Joe Biden vowed to get us there by 2050. Andrew Yang bid 2049, and Corey Booker offered 2045. Bernie Sanders’ […]

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Commentary: Carbon Tax Back As a Top Issue for 2020 (November, 2019)

by Rob Roper When the gavel fell on the 2019 legislative session with the house and senate deadlocked over the $15 minimum wage and a Paid Family Leave program, most of us thought those two issues would be front and center this January when the legislature reconvenes. But it doesn’t appear that Vermont’s highly vocal […]

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Commentary: California’s Lessons for Vermont (October, 2019)

by John McClaughry Of all the fifty states California has been blessed with every advantage. A mild climate. Fertile land. Tall timber. Mining riches. Strategic location for shipping, trade and finance. Great universities. Glorious scenery. And of course, Silicon Valley, the world-leading center for high technology. This year’s state budget picture is a governor’s dream.  […]

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Commentary: Rethink Health Care and Health Insurance (October, 2019)

by John McClaughry Vermonters have recently witnessed, once again, the annual battle over health insurance rate increases for individual and small business plans. It’s worth taking a long look at just what the state thinks it’s doing, and how it does it. Families and small businesses purchase health insurance plans to protect themselves from the […]

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Commentary: Climate Activist Hypocrisies Exposed (September, 2019)

by John McClaughry As this Global Climate Strike week moves forward, let me share an interesting perspective on the “defeat climate change” movement from somebody who believes in all the climate apocalypse hype – but seems to have suddenly awakened to the interests promoting it. Michael Donnelly is a forty-year veteran of environmental activism. He […]

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Commentary: Education or indoctrination? (September, 2019)

By Rob Roper The week of Sept. 20-27 has been dubbed by several activist, special interest and lobbyist organizations as a “Global Climate Strike and Week of Action.” The idea is to convince a bunch of people to walk off their jobs, block traffic, picket offices and businesses, and generally disrupt the rest of the […]

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Commentary: Get Ready for Climate Strike Disruption (September, 2019)

by John McClaughry Get ready for the Global Climate Strike. This will occur in Vermont, and around the world, on September 20 and continue with “actions” throughout the ensuing week to publicize a frightening “climate emergency”. The Climate Strike activists have been taught to believe that the Earth is relentlessly heading toward a climate disaster. […]

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