Commentary

Commentary: Men Without Work (Dec, 2017)

by John McClaughry A lot of serious long-term national issues simply weren’t addressed in the recent national election. That’s not surprising. Issues like the alarming growth of the national debt, the rising consequences of opiate addiction,  and unprecedented changes in demography don’t fit easkily into  political campaigns and their 30 second ads. One such neglected […]

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Commentary: Phil Scott’s Challenge (Dec, 2017)

by Rob Roper What happens when an irresistible force meets and unmovable object? Vermonters will find out in January when the new Republican governor officially takes office along with a legislature that has, if anything, moved a little to the left. During the campaign, governor-elect Scott, often accused by his critics of being non-committal and […]

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Commentary: ObamaCare’s Year of Reckoning (November, 2016)

by John McClaughry  It now seems increasingly likely that most of President Obama’s signature achievement, ObamaCare, will end up on the scrap heap by the end of 2017, if not sooner. Obama and his Democratic Congress rammed the Affordable Care Act through in 2010, without recognizing the likely consequences. In the ensuing five years, Obama […]

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Commentary: Carbon Tax Will Hurt Towns, Schools, and Property Taxpayers (October, 2016)

by Wendy Wilton A carbon tax on gasoline, diesel, home heating fuel and propane will negatively impact Vermont’s already struggling economy. In just a few years from passage the impact is expected to be an additional $0.88 per gallon on gasoline, $1.02 on diesel and home heating fuel, and $0.58 per gallon of propane. Increasing […]

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Commentary: Defend Our Independent Schools (October, 2016)

by John McClaughry For years, indeed decades, Vermont’s public school Establishment has regularly found ways to put pressure on the non-sectarian independent schools that receive tuition for pupils from the 90 “tuition towns”. Why? Many within the Establishment believe that public money ought to be spent only on the (unionized) public schools, regardless of their […]

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Yes, The Plan Is To Pass A Carbon Tax in 2017 (October, 2017)

By Rob Roper  Back in December of 2014 Rep. Tony Klein (D-East Montpelier), chair of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee, gave an interview about Carbon Tax legislation he planned to take up. Klein admitted he did not expect a bill to pass in 2015 or even 2016, stating, “It’s at least a three-year process,” and […]

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Commentary: All Payer and the One Big Provider (October, 2016)

by John McClaughry  Last week outgoing Gov. Peter Shumlin made public the draft agreement he made with the Federal government’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Its goal is to dramatically change the way health care services are paid for in Vermont. And of course, if the method of payment is dramatically changed, there […]

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Commentary: Carbon Tax Would Kill Jobs (September, 2016)

by John Goodrich For nearly 38 years I had the privilege to work for one of the most important companies in the Northeast Kingdom. St. Johnsbury-based Weidmann puts bread on the table for 300 families. It was, and is, a mainstay of our local economy.  As a measure of that importance to the local economy […]

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Commentary: Sue Minter Wants to Expand the Sales Tax to Services (September, 2016)

by Rob Roper At the Tunbridge Fair, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter indicated in an interview with WDEV’s Mike Smith that she is in favor of expanding the Vermont state sales and use tax to services. Currently it applies only to goods, with a few exceptions. About thirty minutes into show, Smith asked Minter about tax policy, […]

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Commentary – Questions for Candidates 2016 (September, 2016)

by John McClaughry Election season is upon us, and many incumbent legislators are hoping to slide through to reelection on the basis of party support, name recognition, and their winning personalities. The first-time candidates build their campaigns around their record of civic performance plus a recitation of some of things that they’ll promote – or […]

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