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Commentary: End Life Support for Big Wind

by John McClaughry The future of Big Wind hangs on Congress renewing a lavish tax break called PTC. If it disappears, so will Big Wind Northern New England. *          *          * The fate of Big Wind in Vermont  is currently resting with a piece of legislation that [...]

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Commentary: “Drafting Error” May Wreck Obamacare (August, 2014)

By John McClaughry What Obamacare’s backers dismissed as a “drafting error” may wreck it in the courts – and the self-styled architect of the bill, Shumlin consultant Jonathan Gruber, is on the hot seat for telling the truth and then trying to explain it away. *          *         [...]

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Commentary: Dirty Harry’s Lesson for the Legislature – And Us

By Rob Roper In the movie Magnum Force, Clint Eastwood coined the catchphrase, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” This should apply doubly to politicians. The news this summer surrounding Vermont’s journey toward a single payer healthcare system has been abysmal. House Healthcare Committee chairman Mike Fisher called the results thus far a “crisis [...]

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Commentary: School Consolidation, Charters, and Choice (July 2014)

by John McClaughry Vermonters are upset about rising  education property taxes. “Governance reform”  (consolidation) is not a solution. Competition and choice is. Vermonters moan about their steadily rising education property taxes, especially as the number of students continually decreases. Rarely do citizens focus clearly on the causes of rising school taxes, and the possible solutions.  [...]

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McClaughry in NRO Online – The First Single-Payer Domino

If the health-care experiment fails in Vermont, it would send shock waves nationwide. By John McClaughry, National Review Online, July 15, 2014 As Obamacare, beset with calamities, enters its fourth year, the cerulean-blue state of Vermont is well into its fourth year of preparing to astonish America by installing Canadian-style single-payer health care. To understand the [...]

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Commentary: Supreme Court Reins in Bureaucrats, Unions and a President (June, 2014)

by John McClaughry Three June decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court  carry important messages to America, and one in particular is likely to have an impact in Vermont. The decision that attracted the most national attention came in a case (Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby) defining religious freedom. In 1993 Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration [...]

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Commentary: A New Chapter in Crony Capitalism (June 2014)

by John McClaughry Gov. Peter Shumlin has announced the latest in a long series of sweet deals for his favored people at everybody else’s expense. The lucky winner is IBM, which has repeatedly been reported as preparing to unload its Essex Jct. plant and departing Vermont. This latest deal is a three year electricity rate [...]

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2013-14 Legislator Roll Call Profiles

Your representatives in Montpelier are there to, as the name suggests, represent you in the capitol. Do your representatives’ votes represent how you would vote if you were in their place? This collection of legislator roll call vote profiles is brought to you as an educational service by the Ethan Allen Institute (EAI). In 2013-14, [...]

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Commentary: Does Montpelier Have Its Priorities Straight?

CORRECTION: An earlier Version of this story incorrectly cited the closing of the West Danville General Store. The West Danville General Store is still open. We apologize for any inconvenience to their customers and staff for the error. By Rob Roper Much focus lately, both from our politicians and our media, has been on IBM, [...]

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Commentary: Carbon Dioxide and the Upper Valley

by Meredith Angwin A few days ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed plan for greenhouse gas mitigation: the electricity sector must cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030. The rules are set on a state-by-state basis. I am in favor of cutting back on carbon emissions, but the recent EPA plan [...]

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8-20-14 – Energy efficiency upgrade

posted by John McClaughry You may have noticed that the state’s general fund came up $31 million short on July 1, and the Shumlin administration is trying to...

8-20-14 – Russian Navy Making Waves in France 

By John J. Metzler ST. NAZAIRE, France—Far from the sputtering conflict, the war of words,  and the diplomatic jousting between Russia and the West over the future  sovereignty...

8-19-14 – The Volatility of Death

posted by Chris Campion The Shumlin administration, months after touting what a great place Vermont is for jobs, has announced that due to declining tax revenues the state is...

8-6-14 – Into the Frying Pan

By Randy Brock It’s far too early to celebrate the Shumlin Administration’s belated firing of CGI, the contractor responsible for flubbing Vermont’s dysfunctional healthcare exchange. That’s because CGI’s...

8-5-14 – Spending On Pre-K Over College Is An Uneducated Decision

posted by Rob Roper Now more than ever, a college education has been shown to determine an individual’s long-term prosperity. For example, a person who graduates with a four-year...

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