Commentary

Illegal Immigrant Crime

by John McClaughry  Thomas Gallatin of Patriot Post tells us that “A recently released Justice Department report reveals that an astonishing one in five individuals incarcerated in federal prisons is an illegal alien, which amounts to a $1.5 million bill every day to the American taxpayer. The report notes illegal alien crime statistics from the […]

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Your Taxes, Game Theory and the Shutdown

June 12, 2018 By David Flemming Will your taxes increase or won’t they? As EAI has written on previously, there aren’t any mainstream proposals from the Governor or Legislature that would ensure Vermonters healthy tax rates for years to come. But if we are discussing only 2019, Governor Scott’s proposal is more affordable. By using […]

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Commentary: The School Property Tax Deadlock

by John McClaughry Gov. Phil Scott and the Democratic-controlled legislature are well into crunch time over the FY2019 state general fund budget and the related education finance bill. The governor obviously takes very seriously his 2016 campaign pledge to hold state General Fund spending to a growth of 2.36% a year, and to oppose – […]

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Commentary: Vetoing the $15 Minimum Wage Was a Good Thing

By Rob Roper After watching the debate in the State House over the $15 minimum wage it is hard to see how any rational or compassionate person could have, at the end of the day, supported the policy. The potential good that it may have done for a small minority of people was far outweighed […]

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The Governor and Leadership Are Both Right

May 25, 2018 By David Flemming The stakes are high. Vermont’s special session has the potential to steer our state in the right fiscal direction for years to come, or it could leave us with a disastrous government shutdown. Governor Scott’s “no new taxes” pledge is on a collision course with the legislative leadership’s desire […]

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Commentary: Vermont’s Electric Vehicle Future

by John McClaughry For the past 20 years Vermont state government has aggressively worked to get Vermonters to abandon internal combustion vehicles (ICVs) in favor of electric vehicles (EVs) of both hybrid and all-electric types. The favored method in those early years was to adopt California emission standards by requiring auto dealers to sell quotas […]

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Commentary: Rolling Blackouts for New England?

  By Meredith Angwin  Rolling blackouts are probably coming to New England sooner than expected. When there’s not enough supply of electricity to meet demand, an electric grid operator cuts power to one section of the grid to keep the rest of the grid from failing.  After a while, the operator restores the power to […]

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Commentary: The Real Drug Price Problem (May, 2018)

by John McClaughry This week will likely see a Trump initiative to drive down pharmaceutical prices, and passage of a bill in Montpelier (S.175) to again plunge Vermont into the arduous (and illegal) process of importing prescription drugs from Canada. The industry has understandably fought furiously against Federal price controls and the importation of American […]

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New Tax Could Make Vermonters- and Our Government- Poorer

By David Flemming All Vermont taxpayers, especially those using Airbnb to travel or host, should be concerned about a new tax bill that passed the Senate and is being considered in the House. S204 would force travelers to pay higher prices for fewer places to rest, give less opportunities to Airbnb hosts, and leave less […]

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Commentary: The Annual Education Finance End Game (April, 2018)

April 24, 2018 by John McClaughry The Vermont General Assembly is in its final weeks of trying to assemble a school finance “reform” bill. Their product so far has become an ever-shifting grab bag of proposals that even veteran legislators must be struggling to follow from day to day. The longer this goes on, the […]

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Your Taxes, Game Theory and the Shutdown

June 12, 2018 By David Flemming Will your taxes increase or won’t they? As EAI has written on previously, there aren’t any mainstream proposals from the Governor or...

End of “Net Neutrality” Already Benefiting Vermonters

June 12, 2018 by Rob Roper The 2015 “net neutrality” rules passed by the FCC in 2015 are now officially dead. When the Trump administration announced that it...

Vermont: The Hapless Blue State

June 11, 2018 by Chris Campion Vermont, fresh off the news that the state’s idea of fixing its legacy of opposition to business and economic growth is to pay...

Trade, Tariffs, Trump

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Thoughts on the Colorado Cake Case

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