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Commentary: Economic Freedom of the World 2018

by John McClaughry For a century or more politicians and economists and have argued about the relationship, if any, between economic freedom and human wellbeing.  The Fraser Institute, Canada’s leading market-oriented think tank, has just released its 2018 report on Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) to provide hard data to answer this question (fraserinstitute.org/economic-freedom). […]

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Commentary: Unions vs. Teachers: Thoughts After Janus

By Rob Roper Following the Janus vs. AFSCME Supreme Court decision that ruled public sector unions can no longer force non-members to pay agency fees, both the unions and Vermont’s teachers have some questions to reflect upon. The big one for teachers is, are my union dues really worth it? According to statements made to […]

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Commentary: The School Consolidation Big Hammer

by John McClaughry For over half a century, the managers of Vermont’s public education system have yearned to consolidate school districts, get rid of “inefficient” small schools, and install progressive ideas that the locals were too obtuse to grasp and implement themselves. Until 2009 those efforts repeatedly failed. But in that year Education Commissioner Armando […]

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Commentary: The Media is not “The Press”

August 31, 2018 By Rob Roper Recently hundreds of news publications around the country, including several here in Vermont, participated a coordinated editorial campaign decrying criticism aimed against the media. Their general complaint is over the president accusing them repeatedly of being “fake news” and an “enemy of the people,” allegations which they describe as […]

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Commentary: The Perfect Little Climate Conscious State (August, 2018)

August 28, 2018 By John McClaughry A year ago Gov. Scott created a Climate Action Commission in response to clamor generated by the state’s environmental organizations determined to make Vermonters take bold action to defeat the Menace of Climate Change, which they insist “is a fundamental threat to Vermont.” The Governor tasked the Commission with […]

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Commentary: The Fuel Economy Mandate Battle (August, 2018)

August 14, 2018   by John McClaughry Enviros are furious at a Trump Administration rule change to freeze the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirement for model year 2020 passenger cars at 37 miles per gallon, instead of increasing it to the 54.5 mpg by 2025 set by the Obama administration in 2012. It would […]

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Commentary: If You’re Worried About Russian Hackers, Tighten Election Laws (July, 2018)

by Rob Roper Over just the past handful of election cycles we’ve seen a number of rule changes that have radically altered the way we cast our ballots and, as a result, changed the way politicians campaign. We now have things like “same day (or “election day”) registration,” “automatic registration,” “early voting” as much as […]

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Commentary: Overcharged for Health Care (July, 2018)

by John McClaughry “Overcharged: Why Americans Pay Too Much for Health Care” is a fast-paced 435-page trip through the underbelly of the health care industry, the policies that shape it, and their often undesirable and overly costly results. Its basic point is that “The health care sector will become more efficient and pro-consumer when and […]

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Drawing Straws: VPIRG is Gambling Away Disabled VTers Independence

July 20, 2018 By David Flemming Not content to merely “ask” Vermonters to go without single-use plastic straws, VPIRG is telling our legislators that they should pass a proposal to ban these straws altogether to keep them out of landfills in 2019. For some Vermonters, this ban would be environmental big-brother as usual, perhaps less intrusive than […]

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Commentary: A Course Change for Public Sector Unions (July, 2018)

by John McClaughry In his Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom (1785), Thomas Jefferson famously declared that “to compel a man to furnish contribution of money for the propagation of opinion which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” In that spirit, the U.S. Supreme Court last month struck down “agency fees” taken by public […]

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