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Commentary: School Governance Mega-Muddle

By John McClaughry Vermont is now well into the throes of coping with a new education governance law (Act 46). The law’s stated goal is to move the State “toward sustainable models of education governance.” That is, the State wants to encourage local school districts to merge into a “preferred education governance structure” built around […]

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Commentary: In Age of Uber, “Right to Work” Makes More Sense Than Ever

By Rob Roper Vermont is a tougher than average place to make a living. No secret there. One of the first questions you get from folks you meet is, “You live here full time? How do you make it work?” Some of the answers are necessarily creative. Vermont is a great place to live, but […]

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Commentary: A Skeptic’s View of Health Care “Reformers”

By Paul Slobodian In the midst of sluggish economic growth, finding a sector of the economy growing from 15 percent of the economy up to 19 percent would normally be a cause of celebration, except that this is health care. The lack of good cheer about this growth is an indirect acknowledgment of a stark […]

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Commentary: Repeal the Ethanol Mandate (August, 2015)

by John McClaughry What follows is the story of one of the most thoroughly disgraceful special interest schemes ever brought into being in these United States. It is also one of the most fiendishly intricate government programs ever conceived, and its name is Ethanol. Back in the Nixon years scientists discovered that tetraethyl lead used […]

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Commentary: Another Wrong-Headed Energy Plan (July, 2015)

by John McClaughry  The Public Service Department is hard at work updating the state’s 2011 Comprehensive Energy Plan. This herculean task requires putting together the products of at least nine working groups and reports over the past five years, ever mindful of the 2006 mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to as much as 75% […]

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Commentary: Repeal Vermont’s Certificate of Needs Laws (July, 2015)

By Rob Roper We need to lower the cost of health care in Vermont, and the state, dealing with a structural budget deficit, doesn’t have the capacity to raise more taxes. So, what can we do? One simple, cost-free solution is to repeal Vermont’s Certificate of Need (CON) laws. What are CON laws? Basically, a […]

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Commentary: Vermont Energy Plan is Basically Unworkable

by Meredith Angwin 2010 Known Electric Resources from PSD Blog post about this at ANS Nuclear Cafe The Vermont Public Service Department (PSD)  is revising the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan which they issued in 2011.  They want public input by July 24. Yes, the plan has been under serious discussion for about a month.  First PSD […]

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Commentary: Biblical and Socialist Morality (July, 2015)

by John McClaughry Sen. Bernie Sanders is out on the Presidential campaign trail, and he says he’s “talking about what I believe is the most important issue facing the American people: the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality. The Koch brothers [Bernie’s proxies for Satan] and a few others are attempting to buy the […]

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Commentary: The Local Economy Solution (July, 2015)

by John McClaughry Fifteen years ago Wal-Mart and Home Depot rolled into the Rutland-sized town of Midland, Ontario. A 20-year-old man who had built the website for his parents’ paint store decided to help locally owned businesses compete with the big-box giants. The result was ShopMidland. It’s a professionally produced website with photos and descriptions […]

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Commentary: Study Will Provide Cover for Higher Property Taxes (July, 2015)

by Rob Roper Tucked away in the education bill just passed in Montpelier – the one that has everybody talking about consolidation – is $300,000 earmarked for a study. A legislator familiar with the back-room horse-trading that goes into moving these bills into law said that this little provision was key to getting the bill […]

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