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Commentary: Reality Check for the Do-Everything State

by John McClaughry The House and Senate Appropriations Committees are struggling valiantly to report a balanced General Fund budget for Fiscal Year 2016. The presently estimated shortfall is about $130 million, eight percent of the proposed General Fund budget. This is a result of the chronic tendency of legislatures to find ever more things to […]

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Commentary: School Choice Even Improves the Value of Your Home

By Rob Roper There are plenty of reasons for parents and kids to love school choice in the 90 plus Vermont towns that already have it, and there are plenty of solid educational and social arguments for expanding the program to all Vermont towns. But why should folks without kids care? Property values. A recent […]

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Commentary: Legislature Moving to Increase Electric Rates

By John McClaughry The 2015 legislature, and of course, Gov. Peter Shumlin, are hard at work contriving yet another way to make Vermonters pay more for their electricity. The vehicle is H.40, spearheaded by Rep. Tony Klein and just now emerging from the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee. It’s the bill to – finally […]

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Commentary: School Choice – and Lower Property Taxes

by John McClaughry Finally alarmed by voter resentment at high school property taxes, the Vermont legislature is hot on the trail of some kind of “solution”.  It’s not likely to be productive unless legislators crawl out of the box that confines their thinking. One obvious (non)”solution” is to ship more money from the General Fund […]

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Commentary: Vermont’s Renewable Energy Policy Worse Than Worthless

By Rob Roper The Vermont Legislature has long been bent on saving the planet through government micromanagement of energy policy. The big issue this year appears to be passing a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) that would require utilities to sell a set percentage renewable power (and thereby forcing customers to buy the more expensive product). […]

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Commentary: Why Electricity Costs Spiked

by Meredith Angwin A Valley News letter writer was speaking for many recently when he asked about huge electric rate increases this winter and paltry explanations for them. David C. Montgomery of Hanover New Hampshire said his electricity bill had increased by 72 percent, even as petroleum products have dropped in cost. “All we have […]

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Commentary – Shumlin’s Budget Address:  More Centralized Government (January, 2014)

John McClaughry In his earnestly delivered January 15 budget message, Gov. Peter Shumlin addressed many of the pressing issues left out of his inaugural address the week before. The coming year’s budget, Shumlin said, was “the toughest budget that I’ve put together.” Not much argument there. The flood of federal cash has reduced to a […]

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Commentary: A Better New Path To Health Care Reform (January, 2015)

by John McClaughry Afew days after his news conference announcing the death of single payer health care at least for now, a dejected Gov. Peter Shumlin announced his determination to carry on down the same perilous path. Said he, “I’m open to any ideas that any legislators have that would get us where I want […]

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EAI Board Member Wendy Wilton Nailed Single Payer Costs/Problems – For Free – in 2011

by Rob Roper On December 15, Governor Peter Shumlin announced that he was pulling the plug on a Single Payer Healthcare system for Vermont. His reasoning, “The cost of that plan turned out to be enormous…. These are tax rates [11.5 percent payroll tax on all Vermont businesses, and a public premium assessment of up […]

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Commentary: Are You Ready for the Carbon Tax? (December, 2014)

by John McClaughry Single payer health care taxes are gone – for now – but there’s another hot idea in Montpelier for a new tax – the carbon tax. It’s being promoted by “Energy Independent Vermont”, a coalition led by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), the Vermont Natural Resources Council, and the Conservation […]

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