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Commentary: Rolling Blackouts for New England? (May, 2018)

  By Meredith Angwin  Rolling blackouts are probably coming to New England sooner than expected. When there’s not enough supply of electricity to meet demand, an electric grid operator cuts power to one section of the grid to keep the rest of the grid from failing.  After a while, the operator restores the power to […]

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Commentary: The Real Drug Price Problem (May, 2018)

by John McClaughry This week will likely see a Trump initiative to drive down pharmaceutical prices, and passage of a bill in Montpelier (S.175) to again plunge Vermont into the arduous (and illegal) process of importing prescription drugs from Canada. The industry has understandably fought furiously against Federal price controls and the importation of American […]

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Commentary: The Annual Education Finance End Game (April, 2018)

April 24, 2018 by John McClaughry The Vermont General Assembly is in its final weeks of trying to assemble a school finance “reform” bill. Their product so far has become an ever-shifting grab bag of proposals that even veteran legislators must be struggling to follow from day to day. The longer this goes on, the […]

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Commentary: Reducing Future School Shootings

by John McClaughry In the wake of a Florida school shooting and a thwarted attack targeted on Fair Haven High School, the legislature and governor have enacted into law a bill touted by its advocates as “gun violence prevention”. Its main features are required background checks for firearms transfers among all but immediate family members, […]

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Commentary: Illegal Votes in Victory Raise Statewide Questions

By Rob Roper  The vote fraud case in Victory, Vermont, concluded with eleven “voters” being removed from the town checklist. For this small, Vermont community it meant a full 13 percent of registered voters were illegitimate, and these illegitimate votes were more than enough to alter the outcomes of elections. What’s truly alarming about this […]

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Commentary: A Better Model for Primary Care

by John McClaughry  The legislature is debating how fast to propel the state into the new adventure of universal coverage for primary health care services, “whether the services are publicly financed or covered by health insurance or other means … [made] affordable for all Vermonters, such as through income -sensitized, State-funded cost-sharing assistance.” The current […]

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Commentary: Struggling to Feed and Discipline the “System”

by John McClaughry Over the past six weeks the House Ways and Means Committee has diligently worked to produce a coherent bill to shift Education Fund spending from some people and districts to other people and districts, and erect a disincentive to excessive school district spending. This is a very intricate and difficult task that, […]

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Commentary:  ESSEX Carbon Tax Robs Poor to Pay Rich

By Rob Roper Chris Miller, who works on the Social Missions Committee at Ben & Jerry’s, testified to the House Energy & Technology Committee that his company is firmly in favor of the carbon tax bills (H.791/S.284) based on the ESSEX Carbon Tax plan. Why? Because under the legislation, Ben & Jerry’s, which is owned […]

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Commentary: What the ESSEX Carbon Tax Would Do for Vermont

by John McClaughry With much fanfare, climate change activists have presented the legislature with two bills (H.791, S.284) to implement their latest (seventh!) version of a Vermont carbon tax. It’s called the ESSEX Plan, which stands for “Economy Strengthening Strategic Energy eXchange”. They firmly believe that carbon dioxide released by humans burning fossil fuels – […]

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Commentary: The Steady Erosion of Liberty (February, 2018)

by John McClaughry From Revolutionary days into modern times, Vermonters have championed the liberty extolled in our 1777 Constitution. Article I declared that “all men have certain natural, inherent , and unalienable rights, amongst which are the enjoying of and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and […]

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