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Commentary: Why Electricity Costs Spiked

by Meredith Angwin A Valley News letter writer was speaking for many recently when he asked about huge electric rate increases this winter and paltry explanations for them. David C. Montgomery of Hanover New Hampshire said his electricity bill had increased by 72 percent, even as petroleum products have dropped in cost. “All we have […]

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Commentary – Shumlin’s Budget Address:  More Centralized Government

John McClaughry In his earnestly delivered January 15 budget message, Gov. Peter Shumlin addressed many of the pressing issues left out of his inaugural address the week before. The coming year’s budget, Shumlin said, was “the toughest budget that I’ve put together.” Not much argument there. The flood of federal cash has reduced to a […]

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Commentary: A Better New Path To Health Care Reform (January, 2015)

by John McClaughry Afew days after his news conference announcing the death of single payer health care at least for now, a dejected Gov. Peter Shumlin announced his determination to carry on down the same perilous path. Said he, “I’m open to any ideas that any legislators have that would get us where I want […]

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EAI Board Member Wendy Wilton Nailed Single Payer Costs/Problems – For Free – in 2011

by Rob Roper On December 15, Governor Peter Shumlin announced that he was pulling the plug on a Single Payer Healthcare system for Vermont. His reasoning, “The cost of that plan turned out to be enormous…. These are tax rates [11.5 percent payroll tax on all Vermont businesses, and a public premium assessment of up […]

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Commentary: Are You Ready for the Carbon Tax? (December, 2014)

by John McClaughry Single payer health care taxes are gone – for now – but there’s another hot idea in Montpelier for a new tax – the carbon tax. It’s being promoted by “Energy Independent Vermont”, a coalition led by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), the Vermont Natural Resources Council, and the Conservation […]

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Commentary: Universal School Choice is the Answer to Property Tax Crisis

by Rob Roper Here’s the puzzle the Legislature must solve regarding education finance reform: How do you lower the cost of educating our kids so we can cut taxes, while maintaining or improving high student outcomes? How do you stay within the lines of the Brigham Supreme Court decision that guarantees all students equal access […]

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Commentary: Dubious Remedies for Restraining Education Costs (December, 2014)

by John McClaughry  The House Speakers’ task force produces three dubious plans to hold the line on property tax rates – but it ignores the one promising solution: parental choice and provider competition. *          *          * Governor Shumlin and the legislative leadership have recently discovered that Vermonters […]

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Let’s Build On Our Victories in 2015. Renew Your Support for EAI!

Dear friend of EAI, 2014 marked a turning point in Vermont. The voters crippled Peter Shumlin politically and rejected his big-government, statist agenda. Folks are catching on! People are coming to realize that single payer healthcare is not a utopian savior. It’s an expensive, bureaucratic, inefficient nightmare. They are coming to realize that our education […]

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Commentary: The Ripple Effects from Losing Vermont Yankee

by Meredith Angwin Vermont Yankee will close at the end of the year. I have blogged at Yes Vermont Yankee for five years. It’s hard to even know how to begin a description of the effects of closing Vermont Yankee. The pain starts with the people who work at the plant. Hundreds of Goodbyes Jan. 30, 2014, was […]

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Commentary: The Coming Administrative State (November, 2014)

by John McClaughry The Great Administrative State leads to citizen powerlessness. It will ultimately crush citizen initiative, restrict liberty, and reduce its citizens to subjects. *          *          * The Vermont Administrative State is again on the march. The Administrative State is one where many functions of government […]

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1-23-15 – Supporters of Sugary Beverage Tax Don’t Understand How it Works – Or That It Won’t.

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1-22-15 – Estate Tax: Who in Montpelier Wants You Dead?

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By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS–More than a million people along with forty-four world leaders rallied in Paris to proclaim liberty and call for press freedoms in the...

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1-20-15 – The Impact of the 007 Solution

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