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Commentary: The next solar bailout (October, 2017)

by John McClaughry “Free electricity from the sun” has been a dream for decades. Although solar photovoltaic cells have been used for 40 years in spacecraft, the growth of the solar PV industry began around 1990, spurred by concerns about global warming from fossil fuel combustion. “Clean, green” solar PV electricity can charge radios and […]

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Commentary: Are Public Schools The Best Option For Low Income Students? (October, 2017)

By Rob Roper The latest standardized test scores for Vermont students are out, and the results are disappointing. Overall, proficiency percentages dropped a bit from where they were last year, and, as Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcomb stated, “The achievement gaps between our vulnerable youth and students with greater privilege remain….” Cut and paste from […]

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Commentary: Boards Need to Stand Up To Striking Teachers

by Dr. Robert Letovsky It has been five years since I left my positions as chairperson of the then-Chittenden East Supervisory Union Executive Committee and of the board’s Negotiations Committee. However, watching recent teacher contract talks in both Burlington and South Burlington, it’s clear that nothing has changed in the bargaining strategy and tactics of […]

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Commentary: The Climate Action Commission Goes A-Listening (September, 2017)

By John McClaughry On July 20 Gov. Phil Scott issued an executive order creating a 21-member Climate Action Commission. Scott named as co-chairs his Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources Peter Walke and Vermont Council on Rural Development Executive Director Paul Costello. The governor charged the Commission to come up with at least three tangible proposals […]

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Commentary: American Politics Gone Insane (September, 2017)

by John McClaughry Jonathan Rauch is a senior fellow at the liberal-leaning Brookings Institution in Washington. He is himself a bona fide liberal, or at least, what passed for a thinking liberal a decade ago. He is a sharp commentator on American politics, and has given us a brilliant and timely essay in the July-August […]

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Vermont’s Greenhouse Gas Mandate: Costly, Symbolic Environmentalism

by Jonathan A. Lesser, PhD. Vermont, along with 19 other states, has a long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction mandate. The original mandate, signed into law in 2006, called for a 75% reduction below 1990 emissions levels by 2050. In 2011, then- Governor Shumlin raised the goal to a 90% reduction by 2050, something which the […]

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Commentary: So, Second Homeowners Can Vote In Vermont (September, 2017)

By Rob Roper There is a vote fraud case in Vermont, currently in the Essex Superior Court, in which a family of second homeowners from Connecticut (parents and two adult children) registered to vote in the town of Victory, and did so. Their votes likely altered the outcome of a local election, which was decided […]

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Commentary: Martyrs to the Clean Water Act (August, 2017)

by John McClaughry Among the most notable martyrs to the Clean Water Act are names that few recall:  Ocie and Corey Mills, John Pozsgai, John Rapanos, and most recently, John Duarte. All of them were dragged into years-long battles with the Federal government – notably the Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency […]

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Commentary: The Partisan Battle over ObamaCare (August, 2017)

by John McClaughry Democrats and Republicans in Congress are in full combat over the future of ObamaCare. Three of the key issues they’re debating are Medicaid expansion, the individual mandate, and the Cost Sharing Reduction. Medicaid is a joint Federal-state program to provide essentially free health care to the poor. The Feds cover from 50 […]

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Commentary: Scott’s Climate Action Commission (August, 2017)

by John McClaughry  Gov. Phil Scott has created a Vermont Climate Action Commission, in support of his commitment that Vermont will shoulder its share of the U.S. obligation under the Paris climate agreement. This is the Obama agreement which, to the horror of the climate action boosters, President Trump excused us. It’s worth tracing the […]

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