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Commentary: The Governor’s “Productive” Legislative Session

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

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

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

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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Commentary: Time to Take Climate Change Debate to Next Level

by Rob Roper It is safe to say that all or at least most of us believe that Vermont is a very special place, and we all want to do what’s necessary to preserve and pass on this unique treasure that both draws and keeps us here – majestic mountains, pristine waters, and wild, open […]

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Commentary: The Legislature’s Final Four (April, 2015)

by John McClaughry The Vermont legislature has entered the final four weeks of its 2015 session. The House has passed its appropriations, tax and health care “reform” bills, and the Senate is now well along in its consideration of those measures. It’s too soon to predict how differences between the two chambers will be resolved, […]

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Commentary: Forced Consolidation vs. Going Independent (April, 2015)

By Rob Roper Last November, Vermonters sent a loud and clear message to Montpelier to fix Vermont’s education financing system and lower our property tax burden. The response now coming out of the legislature is based on mandatory consolidation of school districts into units of no fewer than 1100 students, which will affect all but […]

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Commentary: Time for Facts About Vermont Health Connect

By Wendy Wilton It is good news that Auditor Hoffer has scheduled a performance audit of Vermont Health Connect this spring. The auditor’s work will be vitally important information for the Legislature to consider as it determines the fate of the state’s exchange. Hopefully, they will have his report before the session ends. Much has […]

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5-22-15 – Shumlin Still Wants to Get His Hands On Medicare

by Rob Roper In the 2014 election, whether or not the governor and a majority of legislators in Montpelier had designs on taking control of Medicare funding as...

Roll Call! House Blocks Measure to Protect Medicare Funds from Being Incorporated Into Green Mountain Care (54-85), 2015

. S.139 – A ACT RELATING TO HEALTHCARE (MORRISSEY/BROWNING AMENDMENT) . FAILED in the State House of Representatives on April 30, 2015, by a vote of 54-85 . Purpose: To remove...

5-21-15 – The Attack on Dr. Soon

by John McClaughry If you follow the climate change controversy, you may have noticed last month’s attacks by the climate believers against Dr. Willie Soon, a distinguished physicist employed...

5-20-15 – Thoughts on the British Conservatives Sweep Back to Power

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS–Defying dire polls, deflating many media pundits, and derailing a left-wing lurch from the Labor Party, Prime Minister David Cameron Conservative Party swept...

Roll Call! Senate Votes Against Giving Towns “Substantial Deference” When Siting Renewable Power Facilities (10-19), 2015

. H.40 – AN ACT RELATING TO ESTABLISHING A RENEWABLE ENERGY STANDARD AND ENERGY TRANSFORMATION PROGRAM (KITCHEL, ET AL AMENDMENT) . FAILED in the State Senate on May 15, 2015...

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