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Commentary: Why Electric Rates Are Rising

by Meredith Angwin  New England electricity is too dependent upon natural gas-fired power plants. And we are about to pay a lot for that dependence.In recent days, several New England utilities have announced major price rises for electricity. In Massachusetts, National Grid said that its customers can expect a 37 percent rate increase in November. [...]

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Commentary: Medicare’s Future in Vermont: What Does Single Payer Intend?

By Rob Roper There is some confusion out there, particularly among seniors, about what will happen to Medicare if Vermont adopts the single payer healthcare program, Green Mountain Care. Does the state intend to “take over” Medicare? On the heels of this question getting some necessary public attention from Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Dan Feliciano, the [...]

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Commentary: Vermont’s Fiscal Future – Cloudy at Best

by John McClaughry The Shumlin administration is touting its “conservative fiscal policies” – but there are at least six unavoidable and daunting fiscal issues for 2015. *     *     *             How fares the State of Vermont from a fiscal standpoint? According to the Shumlin administration, state finances, though under pressure, are [...]

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Commentary: Health Care Mutual Aid (October 2014)

by John McClaughry  A recurring argument of those favoring a government takeover of any large sector of the economy – such as health care – is “the free market has failed!”  These people are invariably oblivious to the effects of a hundred years of government intervention that has restricted what a free market might otherwise [...]

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Commentary: Will This Be Our Last Free Election?

by Rob Roper On Sept. 11, 54 U.S. senators voted along party lines to amend the U.S. Constitution so as to essentially do away with the First Amendment. The effort to pass S.J. Res. 19 was led by, among others, Bernie Sanders, and it’s worth noting that the Vermont General Assembly passed resolutions in support. It’s disappointing [...]

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Commentary: Facing the School Property Tax Monster (September 2014)

By John McClaughry Homestead school property tax rates have increased in each of the past four years. The “solution” debate omes down to command-and-control versus freedom.  *          *          *            Once again Vermonters are preparing to go to the polls, and there are plenty of issues on [...]

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Commentary: “Your Doctor”… or “Their Doctor”? (September 2014)

by John McClaughry Patient reform is coming under Green Mountain Care, and you may find yourself wondering who your doctor is working for. *          *          * Six months ago Gov. Peter Shumlin hailed the state’s progress on launching an essential ingredient of single payer health care: Accountable [...]

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Commentary: Poll Shows Vermonters Support Right to Work – For Good Reason (August 2014)

by Rob Roper Over 85% of Vermonters agree that employees should have the right to decide, without force or penalty, whether to join or leave a labor union. That number is slightly higher than the national average of 83%, according to new polling released in conjunction with National Employee Freedom Week. (500 Vermonters were polled [...]

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Commentary: End Life Support for Big Wind (August 2013)

by John McClaughry The future of Big Wind hangs on Congress renewing a lavish tax break called PTC. If it disappears, so will Big Wind Northern New England. *          *          * The fate of Big Wind in Vermont  is currently resting with a piece of legislation that [...]

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Commentary: “Drafting Error” May Wreck Obamacare (August, 2014)

By John McClaughry What Obamacare’s backers dismissed as a “drafting error” may wreck it in the courts – and the self-styled architect of the bill, Shumlin consultant Jonathan Gruber, is on the hot seat for telling the truth and then trying to explain it away. *          *         [...]

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10-31-14 – Outrage in Ottawa

By John J. MetzlerUNITED NATIONS—Canada has been given a reality jolt.  Twice within three days,  “lone wolf” terrorists have killed Canadian soldiers on Canadian soil; one outside Montreal...

10-30-14 – The Unprofitable Non-Profit

posted by Chris Campion Burlington College, a few years removed from being on the receiving end of the management by Bernie Sanders’ wife, Jane Sanders, is now selling much...

When Will Montpelier Admit They Were Wrong?

by Joseph Blanchette (Update on a recent VermontDigger posting.) My wife recently mentioned that she again was unable to access Vermont Health Connect’s (VHC) website to download next...

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It looks like Vermont’s move to a single payer healthcare system will cost Vermont teachers a whole lot more than the $105,000 their union dumped (inexplicably!) into the single...

EAI Launches Radio Campaign on Single Payer & Medicare

Updated 7:20 pm 10/27/14 (Please check back as we are updating this page as the debate reveals more information.) On Monday, October 27, the Ethan Allen Institute began running...

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