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Commentary: When Imagination Fails, Raise School Property Taxes!

For 17 years both political parties have wrestled with education financing, but neither has summoned the imagination to break out of the “raise your property taxes” box.

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Commentary: Small Vermont Farms in EPA’s Crosshairs

The  Obama EPA is bringing the hammer down on Vermont wastewater plants, to force the state to install a command-and-control regime over 6,000 small farms.

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Commentary: Robbing the Poor to Give to the Powerful

By Rob Roper As the legislature wrapped up business before heading home for the Town Meeting Day break, the Vermont senate voted 22-8 in favor of An Act Related to Childcare Providers. What this bill would do is effectively pick the pockets of Vermont’s smallest businesses, mostly run by women who don’t make a lot [...]

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Commentary: The Obama-Shumlin Job Shrinkage Plan (March, 2014)

by John McClaughry Returning from a meeting with President Obama in Connecticut a week ago, Gov. Peter Shumlin made a not-so-startling announcement: “I feel very strongly that it’s imperative to raise the minimum wage in Vermont to what the President has recommended.” He went on to suggest that a higher government-mandated wage would “give a [...]

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Commentary: The Latest Attack on Independent Schools

by Shayne Spence The legislature in the last biennium has been consistently attacking school choice in Vermont after North Bennington’s decision to close its public school and reopen an independent school in its place.  This move gives every child in that town, and 92 other tuitioning towns in Vermont, school choice.  That debate has come [...]

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Commentary: Coming Soon – One Big School System? (March, 2014)

by John McClaughry For months the Governor and the Secretary of Education have been appealing to local school boards for spending restraint, with at best only modest results. Now the legislature is about to raise the two state education property tax rates to produce enough money for the Education Fund to pay all the voter-approved [...]

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Commentary: Vermont needs a better plan for job creation (February, 2014)

by Rob Roper  The past year has been a hard one on Vermont employees. For example, IBM, Vermont’s long-time top private employer laid off 419 workers from its Essex facility last summer and just announced another 140 jobs will go. Up north, Energizer closed its St. Albans factory in September, costing us 165 jobs. Down [...]

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Commentary: Article 16: The Wise Decision of 1777 (February, 2014)

by John McClaughry  In June of 1777 the people of “New Connecticut”, the land between New Hampshire and New York, learned that Congress had refused to admit their little republic into the union of the 13 colonies recently declared independent. So on July 2 a group of frontier settlers met at the Old Meeting House [...]

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Commentary: Accountability the Key to VT’s Substance Abuse Problem (Feb. 2014)

by Wendy Wilton As a volunteer at a regional women’s shelter I have seen the impacts of substance abuse up close as well as its impact on children and families. Substance abuse is now rife even among those on state assistance. We spend billions of dollars annually on benefits for those in need and millions [...]

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Commentary: Irreconcilable Differences in Single Payer Promises (December, 2013)

By Rob Roper Three years after the passage of Act 48, the law that is supposed to bring single payer healthcare to Vermont, nobody knows exactly what we’re getting ourselves into. Promises have been made to different parties with different interests that, now that the rubber is nearing the road, appear to be irreconcilable. Perhaps [...]

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4-15-14 – Vermont Ranks 49th in Business Competitiveness

by Shayne Spence The 2014 edition of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) Rich States, Poor States has been released, and Vermont continues to fall at the bottom...

21st Birthday Money Bomb!

2014 has been a big year at the Ethan Allen Institute, and today we are celebrating our 21st anniversary of fighting for liberty in Vermont.  Please help us move into the summer...

Commentary: When Imagination Fails, Raise School Property Taxes!

For 17 years both political parties have wrestled with education financing, but neither has summoned the imagination to break out of the “raise your property taxes” box....

4-11-14 – Congressional Democrat Linked to IRS Scandal

by Shayne Spence It appears there may have been a little more than a “smidgen of corruption” in the IRS targeting of conservative groups.  The scandal has been...

4-10-14 – VT-NEA Lays Out Expectations for Single Payer Advocacy (VIDEO)

by Rob Roper Joel Cook, the executive director for the Vermont National Education Association (VT-NEA) testified before the House Committee on Healthcare, laying out what his union expects...

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