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Commentary: Good Profit

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

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

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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Commentary: A Potentially HUGE Bill for Property Taxpayers on the Horizon (April, 2016)

by Rob Roper Vermont property taxpayers are in the pot like the boiling frog from that old analogy. For over a decade we have been following the goal of the VTNEA and their allies in Montpelier to expand the public school system by two years to include three and four-year-olds. The next steps in this […]

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Commentary: Legislature Shouldn’t Blow Chance to Help Our Economy

By Rob Roper Vermont Business Magazine (VBM) wrote about some good news for a Vermont economy that has otherwise been pretty moribund for several years. The bright spot is our tech industry. As the VBM article points out, “Vermont’s tech sector makes up a quarter of the state’s workers and 40 percent of its wages, and generates […]

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Commentary: Sorrell’s Partisan War Against “Climate Fraud”

by John McClaughry On March 29 Vermont’s outgoing attorney general William Sorrell and two of his lawyers travelled to Manhattan to serve as useful props in a news conference orchestrated by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and global climate warrior Al Gore. There Schneiderman announced a coordinated campaign by 20 AGs to find some […]

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Commentary: Spending and Taxes Roll On (April, 2016)

by John McClaughry The House of Representatives has completed its work on the FY2017 General Fund appropriations bill, plus the annual tax increases.  All in all, it’s not pretty. First, the (limited) good news. The House bill keeps three ironclad commitments: interest on state debt, the Act 60 annual transfer to the Education Fund, and […]

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6-27-16 – Vermonters can’t afford kids

by Rob Roper UVM economist Art Woolf writes this week that the number of Vermont births in 2015 was the lowest since the beginning of the 20th century,...

6-24-16 – We Shall Overcome… The Constitution

by Rob Roper Democrat lawmakers staged a sit in on the floor of the House Chamber in contrived outrage over the failure of certain gun control measures to...

6-23-16 – Vermont Candidate Open to Ban on Semi-Automatic Firearms

by Rob Roper In a recent interview with WCAX, David Zuckerman, running as a Democrat for the office of Lieutenant Governor, indicated he was open to banning semi-automatic...

6-22-16 – Why a $15 Minimum Wage Is Unjust

by Rob Roper Vermont Gubernatorial candidate Peter Galbraith outlined his plan on Common Sense Radio (EAI’s radio program on WDEV, 11-noon weekdays) for a $15 minimum wage. His argument...

6-21-16 – The Power of No

by Chris Campion What happens when you have the power to deny, to say “no”?  Then you are in control.  The person denied has no control, no power,...

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