Commentary

Commentary: Will Credit Rating Downgrade Spark Pension Reform?(October, 2018)

By Rob Roper On October 23, Moody’s, the investors credit service, downgraded Vermont’s bond rating from AAA to Aa1. This has significant implications for the state’s ability to borrow money and the cost of doing so. The reasons Moody’s cited for the downgrade were “low growth prospects from an aging population,” and “debt and unfunded […]

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Commentary: ESSEX Carbon Tax Carnage (October, 2018)

By David Flemming A few months ago, Paul Burns of VPIRG proclaimed that “the ESSEX Plan (would make) the wealthiest and large corporations (to) pay their fair share as Vermont’s biggest polluters– while low- to moderate-income Vermonters would save money.” Call me skeptical, but a plan to tax everyday Vermonters in order to subsidize large companies like Ben […]

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Commentary: The Big Hammer to Force Everyone to Buy Health Insurance (October, 2018)

by John McClaughry The 2018 legislature, alarmed by the repeal by Congress of the Obamacare tax on persons who failed to buy government-approved health insurance, decided to impose a state mandate to do the same thing, to take effect for the 2019 insurance year. But the legislature balked at announcing the penalty needed to enforce […]

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Commentary: Economic Freedom of the World 2018 (October, 2018)

by John McClaughry For a century or more politicians and economists and have argued about the relationship, if any, between economic freedom and human wellbeing.  The Fraser Institute, Canada’s leading market-oriented think tank, has just released its 2018 report on Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) to provide hard data to answer this question (fraserinstitute.org/economic-freedom). […]

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Commentary: Unions vs. Teachers: Thoughts After Janus (September, 2018)

By Rob Roper Following the Janus vs. AFSCME Supreme Court decision that ruled public sector unions can no longer force non-members to pay agency fees, both the unions and Vermont’s teachers have some questions to reflect upon. The big one for teachers is, are my union dues really worth it? According to statements made to […]

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Commentary: The School Consolidation Big Hammer (September, 2018)

by John McClaughry For over half a century, the managers of Vermont’s public education system have yearned to consolidate school districts, get rid of “inefficient” small schools, and install progressive ideas that the locals were too obtuse to grasp and implement themselves. Until 2009 those efforts repeatedly failed. But in that year Education Commissioner Armando […]

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Commentary: The Media is not “The Press” (August, 2018)

August 31, 2018 By Rob Roper Recently hundreds of news publications around the country, including several here in Vermont, participated a coordinated editorial campaign decrying criticism aimed against the media. Their general complaint is over the president accusing them repeatedly of being “fake news” and an “enemy of the people,” allegations which they describe as […]

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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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