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Commentary: The Latest Big Idea: Taxing Heating Fuels

by John McClaughry Last week the House passed a bill that raised taxes on the wrong people to support a worthy cause for, in large measure, the wrong reasons. Back in the 1970s Vermont’s community action agencies, created to wage the war against poverty, hit upon the idea of weatherizing drafty homes of low income […]

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Commentary: A Lot of Little (and Some Big) Taxes Add Up

by Rob Roper Let’s say you run a small, struggling business in Vermont and, like many if not most, are operating on thin profit margins. If our legislature has its way, after this year you will have to pay your employees a higher minimum wage on the way to $15 an hour, devote time to […]

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Scrapping the Health Insurance Penalty Tax (March, 2019)

March 27, 2019 By John McClaughry             The House Health Care Committee has brought out a bill (H.524) that at best has nothing to recommend it, and at worst, would make Vermont’s health care situation worse for thousands of innocent people.             The main impetus for this bill seems to be the determination of Chairman […]

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Commentary: The Disappearing Reappearing Carbon Tax (March, 2019)

by John McClaughry On February 10, VTDigger political columnist Jon Margolis declared that “the carbon tax is dead”. The Democratic leaders of the House and Senate have pretty clearly said “not this year”, and Gov. Scott has repeatedly promised a veto. Margolis wondered why the carbon tax opponents were so unwilling to declare victory, and […]

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Guest Commentary: Guess What? Vermont Has a Negative Net Worth!

by David Coates Just recently the State’s financial statements were published for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018. For perhaps the first time in history, the state’s Balance Sheet shows a negative net worth of $200 million. In other words, our liabilities exceed our assets. By contrast, the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, […]

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Commentary: Progressive Policies Are Hurting Middle Class, Rural Vermonters (March, 2019)

By Rob Roper We are half way through the 2019 legislative session, and a theme is emerging. While the majority of legislators would probably insist they are looking out for our most vulnerable friends and neighbors, the flood of proposed new taxes, regulations, and curbs on traditional culture have something in common – they are […]

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Commentary: Single-Member Districts Will Strengthen Democracy (March, 2019)

By John McClaughry Kudoes to the Vermont Senate for passing a bill requiring that Senate districts “shall have a maximum of three members.” Interestingly, two of the three sponsors of S.11 (Sens. Ashe and Sirotkin) are elected from the Chittenden District, the only district with more than three members. The main reason Vermont has one […]

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Commentary: What the Decarbonization Study Found (February, 2019)

By John McClaughry Last summer the Joint Fiscal Office awarded a legislatively mandated contract to Resources for the Future, a Washington consulting firm, “to analyze the costs and benefits for Vermont of adopting and implementing policies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by Vermont’s consumption of fossil fuels.” The firm delivered its 114-page report […]

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Commentary: Stamping Out Carbon Dioxide Emissions (February, 2019)

By John McClaughry Last September the Legislature underwrote a $120,000 contract to a Washington DC firm named  Resources for the Future, that specializes in analyzing the economic impact of various policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by consumption of fossil fuels. The 114-page “Decarbonization Study” has now been delivered. Before summarizing its findings, let’s recall […]

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Commentary: Paid Family Leave Proposal Shows Why Vermont is Unaffordable (January, 2019)

January, 2019 By Rob Roper As a result of the November 2018 elections, Vermont Democrats and Progressives achieved veto-proof majorities in both chambers of the legislature. Their first priority flexing this new muscle is to pass a mandatory, government-run Paid Family Leave program that will require a new payroll tax. This proposal demonstrates exactly why […]

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Paid Family Leave Hits an Ethical Snag

April 19, 2019 By David Flemming Those Vermont legislators committed to paid family leave regardless of cost could soon be faced with an unenviable choice. They can either...

Roll Call! House Allows Non-Citizen Voting in Montpelier (95-46), 2019

 . H.207 – AN ACT RELATING TO APPROVAL OF AN AMENDMENT TO THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF MONTPELIER REGARDING NON-CITIZEN VOTING IN CITY ELECTIONS.  . PASSED in...

What is “Moral Government?”

April 18, 2019 by Rob Roper There has been a steady stream of testimony over the past two years on the proposed $15 minimum wage and the mandatory...

Tax Day. Thank the Rich!

April 15, 2019 It’s income tax day! And, as such, it makes sense to take a look at who is paying what in Vermont for support of our...

Roll Call! Senate Votes to Expand “Pay to Move” Program (27-2), 2019

. S.162 – AN ACT RELATING TO PROMOTING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT . PASSED in the State Senate on April 12, 2019 by a vote of 27-2  . Purpose: To benefit economic development by...

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