Commentary

Commentary: The Perfect Little Climate Conscious State (August, 2018)

August 28, 2018 By John McClaughry A year ago Gov. Scott created a Climate Action Commission in response to clamor generated by the state’s environmental organizations determined to make Vermonters take bold action to defeat the Menace of Climate Change, which they insist “is a fundamental threat to Vermont.” The Governor tasked the Commission with […]

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Commentary: The Fuel Economy Mandate Battle (August, 2018)

August 14, 2018   by John McClaughry Enviros are furious at a Trump Administration rule change to freeze the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirement for model year 2020 passenger cars at 37 miles per gallon, instead of increasing it to the 54.5 mpg by 2025 set by the Obama administration in 2012. It would […]

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Commentary: If You’re Worried About Russian Hackers, Tighten Election Laws (July, 2018)

by Rob Roper Over just the past handful of election cycles we’ve seen a number of rule changes that have radically altered the way we cast our ballots and, as a result, changed the way politicians campaign. We now have things like “same day (or “election day”) registration,” “automatic registration,” “early voting” as much as […]

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Commentary: Overcharged for Health Care (July, 2018)

by John McClaughry “Overcharged: Why Americans Pay Too Much for Health Care” is a fast-paced 435-page trip through the underbelly of the health care industry, the policies that shape it, and their often undesirable and overly costly results. Its basic point is that “The health care sector will become more efficient and pro-consumer when and […]

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Drawing Straws: VPIRG is Gambling Away Disabled VTers Independence

July 20, 2018 By David Flemming Not content to merely “ask” Vermonters to go without single-use plastic straws, VPIRG is telling our legislators that they should pass a proposal to ban these straws altogether to keep them out of landfills in 2019. For some Vermonters, this ban would be environmental big-brother as usual, perhaps less intrusive than […]

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Commentary: A Course Change for Public Sector Unions (July, 2018)

by John McClaughry In his Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom (1785), Thomas Jefferson famously declared that “to compel a man to furnish contribution of money for the propagation of opinion which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” In that spirit, the U.S. Supreme Court last month struck down “agency fees” taken by public […]

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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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