Commentary

Commentary: Health Care Reform: What to Expect

by John McClaughry Six years ago a Democratic Congress and President enacted ObamaCare. Whatever one may have thought about its merits, after six years it is unmistakably clear that it cannot continue without heroic, disruptive interventions in 2017, costing many billions of dollars. Congressional Democrats, who have taken serious beatings at the polls for championing […]

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Commentary: First Steps Toward 700,000 Vermonters

By Rob Roper During the gubernatorial campaign Phil Scott set a goal to expand Vermont’s population from 625,000 to 700,000 over the next ten years or so. This is a pretty tall order (maybe unattainable), but the governor-elect’s call does raise an important issue. Our state’s population is stagnant, and if we want to be […]

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Commentary: Hard Spending Choices for FY 2018

By John McClaughry Two weeks from now new Governor Phil Scott will give his inaugural address to the legislature, and a week or so later they’ll receive his budget proposal for FY2018, which begins in July. Gov. Scott campaigned on the attractive idea that “state budget spending will not grow faster than the economy or […]

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Commentary: Men Without Work

by John McClaughry A lot of serious long-term national issues simply weren’t addressed in the recent national election. That’s not surprising. Issues like the alarming growth of the national debt, the rising consequences of opiate addiction,  and unprecedented changes in demography don’t fit easkily into  political campaigns and their 30 second ads. One such neglected […]

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Commentary: Phil Scott’s Challenge

by Rob Roper What happens when an irresistible force meets and unmovable object? Vermonters will find out in January when the new Republican governor officially takes office along with a legislature that has, if anything, moved a little to the left. During the campaign, governor-elect Scott, often accused by his critics of being non-committal and […]

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Commentary: ObamaCare’s Year of Reckoning (November, 2016)

by John McClaughry  It now seems increasingly likely that most of President Obama’s signature achievement, ObamaCare, will end up on the scrap heap by the end of 2017, if not sooner. Obama and his Democratic Congress rammed the Affordable Care Act through in 2010, without recognizing the likely consequences. In the ensuing five years, Obama […]

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Commentary: Carbon Tax Will Hurt Towns, Schools, and Property Taxpayers (October, 2016)

by Wendy Wilton A carbon tax on gasoline, diesel, home heating fuel and propane will negatively impact Vermont’s already struggling economy. In just a few years from passage the impact is expected to be an additional $0.88 per gallon on gasoline, $1.02 on diesel and home heating fuel, and $0.58 per gallon of propane. Increasing […]

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Commentary: Defend Our Independent Schools (October, 2016)

by John McClaughry For years, indeed decades, Vermont’s public school Establishment has regularly found ways to put pressure on the non-sectarian independent schools that receive tuition for pupils from the 90 “tuition towns”. Why? Many within the Establishment believe that public money ought to be spent only on the (unionized) public schools, regardless of their […]

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Yes, The Plan Is To Pass A Carbon Tax in 2017 (October, 2017)

By Rob Roper  Back in December of 2014 Rep. Tony Klein (D-East Montpelier), chair of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee, gave an interview about Carbon Tax legislation he planned to take up. Klein admitted he did not expect a bill to pass in 2015 or even 2016, stating, “It’s at least a three-year process,” and […]

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Commentary: All Payer and the One Big Provider (October, 2016)

by John McClaughry  Last week outgoing Gov. Peter Shumlin made public the draft agreement he made with the Federal government’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Its goal is to dramatically change the way health care services are paid for in Vermont. And of course, if the method of payment is dramatically changed, there […]

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