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Commentary: Coronavirus Pandemic Lessons

by John McClaughry The final chapter in the coronavirus pandemic story won’t be written for a distressingly long time, but it’s worth leaping ahead in time and looking back at what Americans and Vermonters will hopefully have learned. The world was ill prepared for a global pandemic. Since the Spanish Flu (so called) killed 50 […]

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Commentary: The Legislature’s Unhealthy Obsession with Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By Rob Roper We all want clean hands, especially during this cold and flu season, but we don’t want to be obsessive/compulsive about washing to the point where our skin becomes cracked and bloody. We don’t want to become obese, but neither do we want concern for our weight to develop into an eating disorder […]

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Commentary: Act 250 and the Perfect Climate Conscious State (February, 2020)

By John McClaughry In January 2019 the commission to review and update Act 250 presented a well written report. Its recommendations are now the subject of 94-page bill (H.926) to dramatically reshape the state’s land use and development act. On the plus side, in light of its 50 years in force, Act 250 was certainly […]

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Commentary: The Worst Democracy-Shredding Bill in Fifty Years (February, 2020)

By John McClaughry Over the past fifty years I have seen a lot of bills introduced into the Vermont legislature. Of all the bills over all those years, the absolute worst was just introduced in the House, with 87 co-sponsors (all Democratic and Progressive). It’s titled the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA, H.688). The Climate […]

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Commentary: With TCI Imploding, A Worse Bill Is on the Horizon (January, 2020)

By Rob Roper Before the 2020 legislative session kicked off, proponents of the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) were calling the interstate agreement to raise prices of gasoline and diesel by as much as 17¢ a gallon their “banner” legislation for the new year. Now, just half way through January, the scheme is unravelling at a […]

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Commentary: How Will Vermonters Afford This Agenda? (December, 2019)

by Rob Roper The Vermont legislature returns in January with a long list of daunting challenges, all with potentially astronomical price tags for Vermonters, who are already some of the most highly taxed people in the United States. Among this list includes a projected 6% increase in property taxes to fund an education system already […]

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Help Us Make a Difference in 2020!

Dear Friend of Liberty, .         This past September we all witnessed The Climate Strike and Week of Action as angry mobs of disgruntled Leftists blocked traffic around the state in hopes of intimidating Vermonters into supporting their radical “green” agenda. This was the opening primal scream in what promises to be an […]

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Commentary: Yes, We Do Need to Focus on Our Business Climate (November, 2019)

By Rob Roper Governor Scott recently took some heat from the media over a statement he made following the announcement by Energizer that they would be closing their Bennington plant and moving its operations to Wisconsin. The governor said: “This decision [by Energizer] is an unfortunate example of why those of us in Montpelier need […]

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Commentary: Achieving Net-Zero CO2 Emissions by 2050 (November, 2019)

by John McClaughry A popular commitment among candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for President is a declaration of the year in which the United States must be made to achieve “net -zero carbon dioxide emissions”.  Joe Biden vowed to get us there by 2050. Andrew Yang bid 2049, and Corey Booker offered 2045. Bernie Sanders’ […]

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Commentary: Carbon Tax Back As a Top Issue for 2020 (November, 2019)

by Rob Roper When the gavel fell on the 2019 legislative session with the house and senate deadlocked over the $15 minimum wage and a Paid Family Leave program, most of us thought those two issues would be front and center this January when the legislature reconvenes. But it doesn’t appear that Vermont’s highly vocal […]

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