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Commentary: The Great Tax and Spending Deadlock Ends (July, 2018)

By John McClaughry The great tax and spending deadlock of 2018 is now over. Governor Scott, after a hectic month of thrust and counterthrust with the Democratic House and Senate, got most of what he wanted. The battle was triggered by the discovery of unexpected revenues resulting mainly – though the Democrats are loath to […]

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Commentary: $10,000 Bribe Undercuts Vermont’s Brand (June, 2018)

By Rob Roper If I held up a cookie and said, “I’ll give you five bucks to eat this,” what would your initial re action be?More than likely, either “what’s wrong with it,” or “what’s the catch?” If it were a perfectly good cookie, why would I have to pay you to eat it? If […]

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Poor No More: Work First (June, 2018)

by John McClaughry What society owes to the poor has been a recurring question in this country since colonial times. The modern (post 1935) consensus has fostered the creation of an ever-growing panoply of government programs promising to lift, push, or draw people out of poverty and into an existence sufficiently life-sustaining and dignified to […]

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Community Rating

by John McClaughry If there’s anything that is dear to the modern liberal, it’s the principle of progressive taxation – increasingly high tax rates on people as they rise up the income scale. We’ve always done that with the income tax. In Vermont, we do it with the income sensitivity option to pay school property taxes […]

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Illegal Immigrant Crime

by John McClaughry  Thomas Gallatin of Patriot Post tells us that “A recently released Justice Department report reveals that an astonishing one in five individuals incarcerated in federal prisons is an illegal alien, which amounts to a $1.5 million bill every day to the American taxpayer. The report notes illegal alien crime statistics from the […]

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Your Taxes, Game Theory and the Shutdown

June 12, 2018 By David Flemming Will your taxes increase or won’t they? As EAI has written on previously, there aren’t any mainstream proposals from the Governor or Legislature that would ensure Vermonters healthy tax rates for years to come. But if we are discussing only 2019, Governor Scott’s proposal is more affordable. By using […]

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Commentary: The School Property Tax Deadlock (June, 2018)

by John McClaughry Gov. Phil Scott and the Democratic-controlled legislature are well into crunch time over the FY2019 state general fund budget and the related education finance bill. The governor obviously takes very seriously his 2016 campaign pledge to hold state General Fund spending to a growth of 2.36% a year, and to oppose – […]

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Commentary: Vetoing the $15 Minimum Wage Was a Good Thing (May, 2018)

By Rob Roper After watching the debate in the State House over the $15 minimum wage it is hard to see how any rational or compassionate person could have, at the end of the day, supported the policy. The potential good that it may have done for a small minority of people was far outweighed […]

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The Governor and Leadership Are Both Right

May 25, 2018 By David Flemming The stakes are high. Vermont’s special session has the potential to steer our state in the right fiscal direction for years to come, or it could leave us with a disastrous government shutdown. Governor Scott’s “no new taxes” pledge is on a collision course with the legislative leadership’s desire […]

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Commentary: Vermont’s Electric Vehicle Future (May, 2018)

by John McClaughry For the past 20 years Vermont state government has aggressively worked to get Vermonters to abandon internal combustion vehicles (ICVs) in favor of electric vehicles (EVs) of both hybrid and all-electric types. The favored method in those early years was to adopt California emission standards by requiring auto dealers to sell quotas […]

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