Commentary

Commentary: Carbon Tax Would Kill Jobs

by John Goodrich For nearly 38 years I had the privilege to work for one of the most important companies in the Northeast Kingdom. St. Johnsbury-based Weidmann puts bread on the table for 300 families. It was, and is, a mainstay of our local economy.  As a measure of that importance to the local economy […]

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Commentary: Sue Minter Wants to Expand the Sales Tax to Services

by Rob Roper At the Tunbridge Fair, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter indicated in an interview with WDEV’s Mike Smith that she is in favor of expanding the Vermont state sales and use tax to services. Currently it applies only to goods, with a few exceptions. About thirty minutes into show, Smith asked Minter about tax policy, […]

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Commentary – Questions for Candidates 2016

by John McClaughry Election season is upon us, and many incumbent legislators are hoping to slide through to reelection on the basis of party support, name recognition, and their winning personalities. The first-time candidates build their campaigns around their record of civic performance plus a recitation of some of things that they’ll promote – or […]

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Commentary – The Invisible Carbon Tax Alternative (August, 2016)

by John McClaughry Gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter, a Democrat, is an ardent believer in the idea that human –caused emissions of carbon dioxide will ultimately cause catastrophic “climate change” – “historic drought, fires, storm surge and seal level rise.” Accordingly she promises that her government will drive down CO2 emissions (“carbon pollution”), and make Vermonters […]

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Commentary – Fossil Fuel Divestment Loses at Ballot Box
 (September, 2016)

By Rob Roper   Over the past legislative session, the issue of divesting state pension funds of fossil fuel investments received considerable debate both in the State House and around Vermont. This debate spilled over into the August 9 primary election where incumbent Treasurer Beth Pearce, a vocal opponent of divestment was challenged by Richard Dunne, […]

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Commentary: Economic and Personal Freedom in Vermont (August, 2016)

by John McClaughry Most of us believe that “freedom” is a good thing – that we deserve to pursue our ends without unjust interference from others, so long as we don’t use our freedom to diminish that of others. We believe the state we live in ought to conscientiously protect the freedom of its citizens, […]

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Commentary: The Intimidation Game (August, 2016)

by John McClaughry For decades – indeed, centuries – American politics has been a rough game. The Adams-Jefferson contest of 1800 was notably ugly, when the Federalists and their media constantly attacked Jefferson for being a pro-French revolutionary, a religious heretic, and the secret lover of “Dusky Sally”. Abraham Lincoln was mocked as a “baboon”. […]

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Commentary: Potential Tax Increases Coming After the Election (July, 2016)

by Rob Roper Before Peter Shumlin became governor, he famously said that there was no more tax capacity left in Vermont. We were ‘tapped out.” Since then, Shumlin and majorities in the legislature have passed hundreds of millions of dollars worth of new taxes and fees. Despite this, the state still deals with a consistent […]

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Commentary: Two Thirds of Vermonters Want a Carbon Tax? (July, 2016)

by John McClaughry On July 7 Energy Independent Vermont, the coalition of enviro groups headed by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), announced the findings of its statewide poll on its proposal for a Vermont carbon tax. The poll found that 63 percent of respondents supported the carbon tax, while 31 percent opposed it […]

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Commentary: Gun Control Ideas that Won’t Work (July 2016)

by John McClaughry Once again, following the horrific shooting in Orlando, the advocates of gun control are in full voice. Congressional Democrats have even conducted an unprecedented sit-in and shoutfest to stop the workings of the House of Representatives. The difficulty the Democrats face is that, stripped of the emotion and politically driven posturing, their […]

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9-23-16- Okay, Montpelier, Cut This…

by Rob Roper Earlier this week Governor Peter Shumln asked his agency leaders to identify programs that could either be drastically cut back or eliminated altogether. The budget...

9-21-16 – More on Expanding the Sales Tax to Services

by Rob Roper As Sue Minter, the Democratic nominee for governor, announced it would be her goal to expand the state sales tax on services and the issue...

9-19-16 – Electric Vehicle User Fee

by John McClaughry Do you ever notice that electric vehicles are using the state’s highways without paying the motor fuel tax that other highway users have to pay...

9-16-16 – Sue Minter Wants to Expand the Sales Tax to Services

by Rob Roper At a “debate” at the Tunbridge Fair yesterday (9/15/16, hear the full debate here), Democrat gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter indicated that she is in favor...

9-15-16 – September 11th Shadows

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