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Commentary: Study Will Provide Cover for Higher Property Taxes

by Rob Roper Tucked away in the education bill just passed in Montpelier – the one that has everybody talking about consolidation – is $300,000 earmarked for a study. A legislator familiar with the back-room horse-trading that goes into moving these bills into law said that this little provision was key to getting the bill […]

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Commentary: Protecting Our Private Spaces

by John McClaughry A recent decision by the Supreme Court of Iowa reminds us of a Vermont Supreme Court case in 1996, which two years later had a happy ending. An Iowa woman called the police amid a domestic altercation in June 2013. When an officer arrived, she stepped out of her house to talk […]

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Commentary: Amtrak – A Runaway Train

by Frank Mazur Amtrak service to Montreal was promised by Gov. Shumlin back in 2011 and promoted by the Vermont Rail Action Network. Sen. Leahy said the service would be used by “relatives and friends on both sides of the border.” This is a dream for rail advocates as long as someone else pays the […]

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Commentary: All Payer Waiver Puts Medicare in Crosshairs

By Darcie Johnston All-Payer Waiver:  Remember the major brouhaha last year when word leaked that the Shumlin administration was trying to pull Vermonters’ Medicare into their single payer health care scheme?  The administration roundly denied it over – and over – and over again. Robin Lunge, Shumlin’s Director of Health Care Reform must have denied it […]

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Commentary: The Governor’s “Productive” Legislative Session (May, 2015)

by John McClaughry Gov. Peter Shumlin proclaimed this year’s legislative session to be “one of the most productive sessions that I can remember.” To others that appears as a new frontier in spin, possibly coupled with a bit of amnesia. Let’s review the report card. Going into the session in January, the state’s General Fund […]

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Commentary: Bernie Begs the Question…

By Rob Roper Love him or hate him, one has to concede that Bernie Sanders has had a tremendous impact on the political direction of Vermont over the past quarter century plus. His influence has reverberated throughout the Green Mountains and in our State House. He has had spawned many acolytes in the activist community […]

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Commentary: Vermont’s Galloping Gertie (May, 2015)

by John McClaughry “Galloping Gertie” was the nickname given by construction workers to the infamous Tacoma Narrows Bridge, in the state of Washington. It got its nickname even before it opened to traffic, because of a major design failure. It allowed modest wind pressure to make the roadway visibly oscillate both side to side and […]

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5-5-15 – It’s So Easy to Waste Other People’s Money

by Rob Roper Like so many policies we see in Vermont, here is an example of a small minority of loud activists pushing to force an overwhelming majority into doing something colossally stupid, and that the majority knows darn well is colossally stupid. In this case it’s divesting state pension money from fossil fuel investments. […]

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Commentary: Montpelier Tax Spree Is Inexcusable (May, 2015)

by Wendy Wilton The 2015 Doyle poll and others leading up to the 2014 election indicated the majority of Vermonters were stretched to their tax limit for property and income taxes. The gubernatorial race was evidence of this outrage. In the last two weeks the majority of legislators in the Vermont House voted to ignore the […]

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Commentary – The Latest Big Idea in Montpelier: Taxing Services (April, 2015)

John McClaughry On April 15 the Democratic/Progressive chair of the Senate Finance  Committee, Sen. Tim Ashe, lamented the difficult time the legislature is having trying to fill a $113 million General Fund budget gap. Some believe that the state is spending beyond its taxpayers’ means, but Ashe sees it differently. There’s not enough revenue! And […]

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