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Commentary: Dubious Remedies for Restraining Education Costs

by John McClaughry  The House Speakers’ task force produces three dubious plans to hold the line on property tax rates – but it ignores the one promising solution: parental choice and provider competition. *          *          * Governor Shumlin and the legislative leadership have recently discovered that Vermonters […]

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Let’s Build On Our Victories in 2015. Renew Your Support for EAI!

Dear friend of EAI, 2014 marked a turning point in Vermont. The voters crippled Peter Shumlin politically and rejected his big-government, statist agenda. Folks are catching on! People are coming to realize that single payer healthcare is not a utopian savior. It’s an expensive, bureaucratic, inefficient nightmare. They are coming to realize that our education […]

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Commentary: The Ripple Effects from Losing Vermont Yankee

by Meredith Angwin Vermont Yankee will close at the end of the year. I have blogged at Yes Vermont Yankee for five years. It’s hard to even know how to begin a description of the effects of closing Vermont Yankee. The pain starts with the people who work at the plant. Hundreds of Goodbyes Jan. 30, 2014, was […]

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Commentary: The Coming Administrative State

by John McClaughry The Great Administrative State leads to citizen powerlessness. It will ultimately crush citizen initiative, restrict liberty, and reduce its citizens to subjects. *          *          * The Vermont Administrative State is again on the march. The Administrative State is one where many functions of government […]

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Commentary: Gruber Has No Credibility to Vet Single Payer Funding Plan

By Rob Roper Vermonters have been waiting years to find out how the state plans to pay for a $5 billion plus single payer healthcare system that will require at a minimum $2 billion in new taxes. The law putting Vermont on the path to single payer says that funding plan was to have been […]

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Why Jonathan Gruber Must Be Fired: Vermonters Deserve An Honest “Calculator”

SIGN THE PETITION TO TERMINATE GRUBER’S CONTRACT Have you heard the joke about the crooked accountant? His client asks him what’s two plus two. He get’s up, draws the blinds, sits back down, and replies, “What do you want it to be?” The crooked accountant in Vermont’s story today is Jonathan Gruber. The client is […]

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Commentary: Four Proposals to Improve Elections (November, 2014)

by John McClaughry Now that the 2014 state elections are over, it’s worth looking at how the process might be improved in the future. Here are four proposals. Single Member Districts: The curse of legislative elections is that, in multimember districts, a candidate is only rarely willing to do battle with any other candidate. Why? Because there is […]

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Commentary: Why Electric Rates Are Rising (October, 2014)

by Meredith Angwin  New England electricity is too dependent upon natural gas-fired power plants. And we are about to pay a lot for that dependence.In recent days, several New England utilities have announced major price rises for electricity. In Massachusetts, National Grid said that its customers can expect a 37 percent rate increase in November. […]

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Commentary: Medicare’s Future in Vermont: What Does Single Payer Intend? (October, 2014)

By Rob Roper There is some confusion out there, particularly among seniors, about what will happen to Medicare if Vermont adopts the single payer healthcare program, Green Mountain Care. Does the state intend to “take over” Medicare? On the heels of this question getting some necessary public attention from Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Dan Feliciano, the […]

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Commentary: Vermont’s Fiscal Future – Cloudy at Best (October, 2014)

by John McClaughry The Shumlin administration is touting its “conservative fiscal policies” – but there are at least six unavoidable and daunting fiscal issues for 2015. *     *     *             How fares the State of Vermont from a fiscal standpoint? According to the Shumlin administration, state finances, though under pressure, are […]

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PR – R.I.P. Single Payer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 17, 2014 Back in 2011, Governor Peter Shumlin promised, “We will only go ahead [with Green Mountain Care] if we’re convinced together as a state,...

12-17-14 – Who gets to decide what we can afford?

posted by Rob Roper Paul Cillo of the Public Assets Institute posted remarks he made at the Vermont Digger forum on education finance crisis. He opened by saying,...

12-16-14 – Progressivism and the Decline of the West, Part 4

by Tom Licata . Progressivism – so pervasive in today’s Democratic Party – is the ideology of American suicide and specifically of American Constitutionalism. This is the fourth...

12-16-14 – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Costs

Posted by Chris Campion Paying for health care, no matter what the payer vehicle is, is simultaneously a complex and simple idea.  Costs are incurred when care is...

12-12-14 – Another Environmental Falsehood

by John McClaughry A week ago Citizens Climate Lobby “group leader” Rick Wackernagel published a piece in the Burlington Free Press trying to sell Vermonters on a carbon tax....

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