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Commentary: Two Thirds of Vermonters Want a Carbon Tax!

by John McClaughry On July 7 Energy Independent Vermont, the coalition of enviro groups headed by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), announced the findings of its statewide poll on its proposal for a Vermont carbon tax. The poll found that 63 percent of respondents supported the carbon tax, while 31 percent opposed it […]

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Commentary: Gun Control Ideas that Won’t Work

by John McClaughry Once again, following the horrific shooting in Orlando, the advocates of gun control are in full voice. Congressional Democrats have even conducted an unprecedented sit-in and shoutfest to stop the workings of the House of Representatives. The difficulty the Democrats face is that, stripped of the emotion and politically driven posturing, their […]

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Commentary: Big Rewards for Thinking Inside the Box

by David Kelley The authors of Act 46 said their goals were: 1. educational equity, 2. academic excellence, 3. efficiency, and 4. transparency. Only the Grinch who stole Christmas would oppose those goals. But there is a serious disconnect between those goals and what Act 46 actually does. Act 46 does not reward equity. Act […]

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Commentary: Time to Sue Climate Alarmists?

by Rob Roper In response to a lawsuit by sixteen Democratic and one Independent attorneys general (Vermont’s Bill Sorrell among them) claiming that Exxon Mobil committed “fraud” in regard to that company’s non-alarmist position on climate change, a group of thirteen Republican AGs made a salient counterpoint in an open letter to all Attorneys General: […]

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Commentary: Good Profit (June, 2016)

by John McClaughry The mere existence on our planet of the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch drives Sen. Bernie Sanders to torrents of outrage. They, according to Sanders’ imagination, are the secret owners of the Republican Party, the Tea Party (is that still around?), and a long list of organizations opposed to the Sanders […]

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Commentary: Making Sense of the Climate Change Battle (June, 2016)

by John McClaughry Citizens without a physical science background naturally find it hard to know what to believe about the claims put forth by those who believe in a coming human-caused climate catastrophe. The climate alarmists – for want of a better description — define “climate change” as increasingly serious and potentially catastrophic changes in […]

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Commentary: Public Schools Are Failing Disadvantaged Kids (June, 2016)

by Rob Roper Voices for Vermont Children just published a pretty remarkable indictment of our public school system. The study, Education Matters: The Impacts of Systemic Inequity in Vermont, concludes that public schools as they are currently operated are systematically leaving behind poor kids, minorities and those with special needs. But wait a minute…. I […]

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Commentary: Why a Carbon Tax Won’t Fly In Vermont

By Matt Cota Vermont lawmakers are considering legislation that would add up to 89 cents to a gallon of gasoline, 58 cents to propane, and $1.02 to a gallon of heating oil and diesel fuel. The tax, which would be passed on by retailers and paid by consumers, is designed to force Vermonters to reduce their consumption […]

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Commentary: The 2016 Legislature: A Post-Mortem (May, 2016)

by John McClaughry The 2016 legislative session is now history, and it’s worthwhile to assess its production. My criteria include preserving fiscal responsibility, advancing liberty, limiting government, and thwarting various hungry special interests. The basic facts are readily available from the thorough reporting by VTDigger.org First, the legislature managed to balance the FY2017 General Fund budget, […]

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Commentary: Public Power: Another Costly Big Government Headache? (May, 2016)

by John McClaughry Three times in modern history Vermonters have witnessed a political battle over public power. In the 1960s young liberal Democratic governor Philip Hoff tried to break the political influence of the (largely Republican) investor owned utilities, CVPS and GMP. The Republican legislature rejected his proposal for a state power authority to import […]

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7-28-16 – Vermont Highest in Nation for Excise Taxes

by Rob Roper The Tax Foundation recently released a study of states and the per capita burden of excise taxes on their citizens. Vermont came in first (that’s...

7-26-16 – Hawaii Direct Care

by John McClaughry Here’s some heartening news on health care from Hawaii. A husband-and-wife team of doctors is now offering patients membership in the state’s first direct primary care...

7-25-16 – Vexit: The Vermont Exit From The Progressive Union

by Chris Campion Great Britain, in re-claiming its sovereignty by famously voting to exit the EU, has set a new standard in terms of trying on new political ideas,...

7-22-16 – Keep the Government Out of Our Bedrooms!

by Rob Roper Vermont Digger reports that the state is considering 35 new pages of regulations (up from one) that would apply to innkeepers, bed and breakfasts, and...

7-21-16 – PMOs: Politically Modified Organizms

by Chris Campion In a state that ranks 41st for business, nothing sells better politically than taking a stand on…food? Vermont, a state with apparently nothing better to do,...

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