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Commentary: Repeal Vermont’s Certificate of Needs Laws

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

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

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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Commentary: Protecting Our Private Spaces (June, 2015)

by John McClaughry A recent decision by the Supreme Court of Iowa reminds us of a Vermont Supreme Court case in 1996, which two years later had a happy ending. An Iowa woman called the police amid a domestic altercation in June 2013. When an officer arrived, she stepped out of her house to talk […]

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Commentary: Amtrak – A Runaway Train

by Frank Mazur Amtrak service to Montreal was promised by Gov. Shumlin back in 2011 and promoted by the Vermont Rail Action Network. Sen. Leahy said the service would be used by “relatives and friends on both sides of the border.” This is a dream for rail advocates as long as someone else pays the […]

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Commentary: All Payer Waiver Puts Medicare in Crosshairs

By Darcie Johnston All-Payer Waiver:  Remember the major brouhaha last year when word leaked that the Shumlin administration was trying to pull Vermonters’ Medicare into their single payer health care scheme?  The administration roundly denied it over – and over – and over again. Robin Lunge, Shumlin’s Director of Health Care Reform must have denied it […]

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Commentary: The Governor’s “Productive” Legislative Session (May, 2015)

by John McClaughry Gov. Peter Shumlin proclaimed this year’s legislative session to be “one of the most productive sessions that I can remember.” To others that appears as a new frontier in spin, possibly coupled with a bit of amnesia. Let’s review the report card. Going into the session in January, the state’s General Fund […]

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Commentary: Bernie Begs the Question… (May, 2015)

By Rob Roper Love him or hate him, one has to concede that Bernie Sanders has had a tremendous impact on the political direction of Vermont over the past quarter century plus. His influence has reverberated throughout the Green Mountains and in our State House. He has had spawned many acolytes in the activist community […]

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