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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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Commentary: Allowing Illegal Votes Is Voter Suppression (July, 2017)

By Rob Roper We can all agree that baring someone who is eligible to vote from doing so is a grave injustice. It robs a citizen in our representative republic of their voice in the process of governance. This is unacceptable. However, allowing somebody to vote who is not a legally eligible voter has the […]

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Commentary: Freedom and Community Revisited (July, 2017)

by John McClaughry Over the holiday weekend , rummaging through old file boxes in the barn, I came across a folder of my five-minute commentaries aired on WDEV radio thirty years ago. Most of them dealt with issues now long forgotten, but the final one in 1988, entitled “Vermont’s Future”, got my attention. So here […]

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Commentary: Governor and Legislature Agree on Tax Increase – Next Year (June, 2017)

By John McClaughry  The smoke has cleared from the legislative battlefield of 2017, and it’s a good time to review the outcome to see who got what – and what lies ahead. In January Gov. Phil Scott strongly urged a budget with no tax rate increases. To their credit, the Democrats in the legislature obliged, […]

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Commentary: Climate Resolution Is A Farce Upon A Farce (June, 2017)

By Rob Roper The last thing the Vermont House of Representatives did before leaving town was pass H.R. 15, a resolution “strongly opposing the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement… and recognizing Governor Phil Scott’s enrolling Vermont in the U.S. Climate Alliance.” It passed 105-31. Hey, look at us! We love the environment unlike […]

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Commentary: The Push for National Single Payer Healthcare (June, 2017)

by John McClaughry As the Republican Congress struggles to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, the political landscape is steadily shifting Since the Democratic Congress enacted Obamacare in 2010 (without a single Republican vote), Democrats have increasingly been on the defensive about their creation.  The individual mandate that Obamacare relied upon to corral healthy young people into […]

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Commentary: Scott’s Second Act Will Be Much Harder (May, 2017)

by Rob Roper Governor Phil Scott came into office pledging to put Vermont’s wounded economy back on the right track. After one legislative session he gets high marks for accomplishing an important first step in saving the patient: stopping the bleeding. The new governor drew a line in the sand, threatening to veto any new […]

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Commentary: Seizing the Teacher Health Insurance Opportunity (May,2017)

by John McClaughry The sudden political struggle over health insurance for unionized teachers isn’t over but some useful lessons are emerging.  This struggle was triggered by a provision of ObamaCare called “the Cadillac tax”. Starting in 2018, plans with premiums of over $10,800 a year for individuals and $29,500 for families will face a crushing […]

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