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Commentary: Facing the School Property Tax Monster

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

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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Commentary: Dirty Harry’s Lesson for the Legislature – And Us (July 2014)

By Rob Roper In the movie Magnum Force, Clint Eastwood coined the catchphrase, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” This should apply doubly to politicians. The news this summer surrounding Vermont’s journey toward a single payer healthcare system has been abysmal. House Healthcare Committee chairman Mike Fisher called the results thus far a “crisis [...]

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Commentary: School Consolidation, Charters, and Choice (July 2014)

by John McClaughry Vermonters are upset about rising  education property taxes. “Governance reform”  (consolidation) is not a solution. Competition and choice is. Vermonters moan about their steadily rising education property taxes, especially as the number of students continually decreases. Rarely do citizens focus clearly on the causes of rising school taxes, and the possible solutions.  [...]

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McClaughry in NRO Online – The First Single-Payer Domino

If the health-care experiment fails in Vermont, it would send shock waves nationwide. By John McClaughry, National Review Online, July 15, 2014 As Obamacare, beset with calamities, enters its fourth year, the cerulean-blue state of Vermont is well into its fourth year of preparing to astonish America by installing Canadian-style single-payer health care. To understand the [...]

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Commentary: Supreme Court Reins in Bureaucrats, Unions and a President (June, 2014)

by John McClaughry Three June decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court  carry important messages to America, and one in particular is likely to have an impact in Vermont. The decision that attracted the most national attention came in a case (Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby) defining religious freedom. In 1993 Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration [...]

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Commentary: A New Chapter in Crony Capitalism (June 2014)

by John McClaughry Gov. Peter Shumlin has announced the latest in a long series of sweet deals for his favored people at everybody else’s expense. The lucky winner is IBM, which has repeatedly been reported as preparing to unload its Essex Jct. plant and departing Vermont. This latest deal is a three year electricity rate [...]

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9-18-14 – The Growing Sea of Solar Panels

Posted by Rob Roper Vermont Digger reported on a controversial solar energy project that is being proposed for New Haven, Vermont. Local residents are concerned that the 40...

9-16-14 – The Foundation of Single Payer Healthcare is Crumbling

Posted by Rob Roper Today, the Shumlin Administration announced that it is shutting down the Vermont Health Connect website indefinitely for maintenance. “As a result,” noted reporter Taylor...

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