Common Sense Radio
Ethan Allen Institute Sponsors Common Sense Radio with Bill Sayre, broadcasting from from Station WDEV on both the Airwaves and the Internet.
Weekdays: 11 o’clock till noon.
On the airwaves at: 96. 1 FM, 550 AM, 96.5 FM, and 101.9 FM.
On the Internet with live streaming from: www.wdevradio.com
The Schedule of Upcoming Shows of Common Sense Radio,can be found on the Ethan Allen Institute Facebook Page.
Tuesday, September 6th, 2016. Will School Consolidation ease the burden of property taxes? Rob Roper and Bill investigate.
Wednesday, September 7th, 2016. Why are health insurance costs so high, and what can be done to slow their increase? Matthew Strong and Bill explain.
Thursday, September 8th, 2016. What is the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and how does it affect the cost of electricity in Vermont. John McClaughry and Bill explore. Later, Art Woolf and Bill examine how Vermont population trends will affect future demands for government services, and the tax revenue to pay for them.
Friday, September 9th, 2016. Don Baker of Key Bank, John Boutin of Vermont Business Magazine, and Bill interview leaders from three of Vermont’s fastest growing companies: Brian Carpenter of Champlain Valley Equipment, Keith Flaherty of Hallam Associates, and Jason Patnaude of Alliance Mechanical.
Monday, August 29th, 2016. How will the climate change issue affect the election campaigns for Governor and the Legislature? Rob Roper and Bill explore.
Tuesday, August 30th, 2016. What are the key issues which our next Governor and Legislature must address? Former Governor Jim Douglas and Bill examine.
Wednesday, August 31st, 2016. What are excise taxes, and why does the Tax Foundation say Vermont has the highest excise taxes of any state in the nation? Tax Foundation economist Jared Walczac and Bill explain. Later, Wendy Wilton raises questions about the Rutland proposal to take in refugees from Syria.
Thursday, September 1st, 2016. Why is the cost of college so high, and what can be done to correct the situation? Professor Robert Letovsky, of St. Michaels College, investigates.
Friday, September 2nd, 2016. What important energy issues are affecting the cost, reliability, and carbon content of fuels generating electricity for the homes and businesses in Vermont? Meredith Angwin, Guy Page, and Bill take a closer look.
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016. What is intellectual property, and how will it create opportunity and prosperity for you and your fellow Vermonters in the future? Michael Wasco and Bill explore.
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016. Why is a growing economy important to the well-being of the Vermont people, and what are the reasons the economy has grown so slowly in recent years? John Goodrich and Bill investigate.
Thursday, August 25th, 2016. How can new technologies in nuclear power, make energy in the future less costly, more reliable, and lower carbon? Robert Hargraves and Bill examine. Later Vicki Alger and Bill take a closer look at why it how school choice improves student performance, increases family involvement, and lowers the cost to taxpayers.
Friday, August 26th, 2016. How can a unifying belief in the American ideals of self government, overcome fears and tensions about immigration and terrorism. Robert Maynard and Bill explore.
Tuesday, August 16th, 2016. What can we learn from the research of the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel, and her new book, The Intimidation Game: How the Left is Silencing Free Speech? John McCLaughry and Bill explore. Later, Guy Page reminds us why we celebrate Bennington Battle Day, before discussing with Howard Shaffer and Bill the key energy issues facing Vermont.
Wednesday, August 17th, 2016. What makes the cost of buying and owning a home so expensive in Vermont? Art Woolf, Matthew Strong, and Bill take a closer look.
Thursday, August 18th, 2016. How can converting from a public school to an independent school improve student performance, increase parental involvement, and reduce the cost to taxpayers
? Daren Houck, Headmaster at Lyndon Institute, and Bill explore.
Friday, August 19th, 2016. What are key economic challenges facing Vermont, and how should they be addressed? David Coates and Bill investigate
Monday, August 8th, 2016. With the Vermont Primary elections upcoming on Tuesday, what issues are most important to you, as you decide which candidates to support? Rob Roper and Bill ask your opinion.
Tuesday, August 9th, 2016. Live from Addison County Field Days, Bill visits with Jim Foster and Brenda Deering about Field Days history, exhibits, and events.
Wednesday, August 10th, 2016. Live from Addison County Field Days, Bill interviews Addison County Representatives of Yankee Farm Credit, Agri-Mark Cabot, and the Farm Bureau, about the importance of agriculture to our rural economy, environment, and culture.
Thursday, August 11th, 2016. Live from Addison County Field Days, Bill interviews Addison County Chamber of Commerce President Sue Hoxie about the Addison County businesses, and how they create opportunity and prosperity for our people. With Sue will be Addison County Business Leader, Kris Merchant, of Waitsfield Champlain Valley Telecom.
Friday, August 12th, 2016. Live from Addison County Field Days, Bill interviews Brian Carpenter, CEO of Champlain Valley Equipment, about how advances in technology and science, are making our farmers more productive, with less environmental impact. With Brian, also sharing memories of Vermont agriculture, will be Addison County Field Days founder and legend, Lucien Paquette, who this year celebrates his 100th year of life on earth,
Monday, August 1st, 2016. What are excise taxes, and how do they affect the cost of living for our people and the cost of doing business for our entrepreneurs and other businesses? Rob Roper and Bill explain.
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016. Will a Lawsuit further block, or substantially delay, the F 35 for the Vermont Air National Guard? Ernie Pomerleau and Bill explore this and other issues affecting the Vermont economy. Later, Art Woolf and Bill examine the effect of Vermont’s aging population upon economic growth, job creation, and the State Budget.
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016. How do we properly balance Vermont’s energy goals of affordability, reliability, and renewability? Guy Page, Meredith Angwin, and Bill investigate.
Thursday, August 4th, 2016. How does the harsh and disrespectful language used in our current Presidential Campaign compare with that of Presidential Campaigns earlier in American History? Bruce Shields and Bill take a closer look.
Friday, August 5th, 2016. How does the new book by Matthew Ridley, help explain how new ideas emerge, that lead to rapid advances in science, technology, politics, and the economy? Matthew Strong and Bill explore.
Monday, July 25th, 2016. What is the Lund Home, and how has it been important to the social fabric of Vermont? Barbara Rachelson, Charlotte Blend, and Bill explain.
Tuesday, July 26th, 2016. What are the three ways that economic growth improves the lives of the Vermont people? Tom Torti and Bill explore.
Wednesday, July 27th, 2016. What is social entrepreneurship, and why is it critical to the future of Vermont and her people? Jim Black and Bill investigate.
Thursday, July 28th, 2016. Why are working forests, and the people who work them, fundamental to the Vermont’s economy, environment, and culture? Michael Snyder, Jamey Fidel, and Bill examine.
Friday, July 29th, 2016. How do we achieve meaningful compromise as our government makes choices? And what is the best way to control health cost increases, while sustaining quality and access? Former Governor Jim Douglas and Bill take a closer look.
Monday, July 18th, 2016. What are GMO’s, and will GMO legislation accomplish its intended purposes? Rob Roper and Bill take a closer look.
Tuesday, July 19th, 2016. What dramatic improvements in health care are possible in the years ahead, how much will they cost, and how will we achieve them? Terry McGuire and Bill explore.
Wednesday, July 20th, 2016. Do 63 percent of Vermonters support a Carbon Tax? John McClaughry and Bill examine. Later, Art Wool and Bill investigate why the number of births in Vermont’s is the lowest since 1857, and what this means for our economy, state spending, and tax burdens?
Thursday, July 21st, 2016. Update on Vermont energy issues, including the Vermont Yankee Decommissioning, and the proposed purchase of Connecticut River Hydro Dams? Guy Page, Howard Shaffer, and Bill examine.
Friday, July 22nd, 2016. How does Vermont business create opportunity and prosperity for our people, and what are the challenges we must overcome, if we are to prosper in the future? Brenan Riehl, CEO of GW Plastics, Joan Goldstein, Commissioner of Economic Development, and Bill explain.
Monday, July 11th, 2016. How does Vermont’s tax burden rank among the 50 states, and how will that ranking be affected if we were to adopt the proposed Tax on Carbon? Rob Roper and Bill investigate.
Tuesday, July 12th, 2016. What is the Snelling Center, and what important role do they play in building the next generation of Vermont leaders? Mark Snelling, Heidi Klauber Cutroni, Suzanne Trahey, and Bill explore.
Wednesday, July 13th, 2016. What major goals does Bruce Lisman aim to accomplish if he were elected Governor, and how will he do so? Bruce addresses these questions with Bill and George Rieger.
Thursday, July 14th, 2016. How can classic ideas of liberty help us understand what true equality and justice mean, and how best to give all individuals their best chance at achieving their unique and full potential as human beings. Matthew Strong explains.
Friday, July 15th, 2016. What is National Life’s Do Good Festival, upcoming Saturday, July 16th, and how does it exemplify the mission of the Company, and the values by which her people live? Chris Graff and Bill examine.
Wednesday, July 6th, 2016. What can we learn from the Shelburne Museum about American history, culture, and art? What does Grandma Moses tell us about American Culture, when major changes were underway? Tom Denenberg and Bill explore.
Thursday, July 7th, 2016. Steve Forbes joins Matthew Strong and Bill to explore market-based health care reforms, how and why they would work. Later, Matthew and Bill explore why is the old divide between the Left and Right is breaking down, and how returning to timeless conservative ideals, may show a new and better way to address unwieldy government bureaucracy, cost, and debt.
Friday, July 8th, 2016. If Ethan Allen returned to Vermont today, what would he have to say? Josh Fitzhugh and Bill take a closer look.
Monday, June 20th, 2016. How does Vermont’s Medicaid program help cause our private health insurance rates to be among the 16 states with a state-based health insurance exchange? Why are Vermont rents, relative to family income, 13th highest among the 50 states in the nation? Matthew Strong and Bill explain.
Tuesday, June 21st, 2016. What does Peter Galbraith aim to accomplish as Governor, and how would he do so? Bill interviews Peter to get his answers.
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016. What are the latest trends in the Vermont housing market, and mortgage market? Fred Peet and Bill examine.
Thursday, June 23rd, 2016. What does Phil Scott aim to accomplish as Governor, and how would he do so? Bill interviews Phil to get his answers.
Friday, June 24th, 2016. Why does Vermont rank No. 36 among the states in fiscal health, and what must we do to improve our ranking. Eileen Norcross and Bill explain. Later Howard Shaffer and Bill explore the key energy issues facing Vermont.
Tuesday, June 14th, 2016. If a farm animal gets loose, and a motorist is killed when his car hits that animal, should the farmer be liable for criminal prosecution? Vermont Farm Bureau’s Joseph Tisbert and Lyn Des Marais, examine this question with Bill.
Wednesday, June 15th, 2016. How can innovation and technology, nurtured with entrepreneurial spirit, improve the lives of the Vermont people. Rich Tarrant, Lauren Curry, and Bill explore.
Thursday, June 16th, 2016. Who are the Vermont Small Businesses of the Year, and why were they chosen? John Boutin, of Vermont Business Magazine, Darcy Carter of the Small Business Administration, and Bill examine.
Friday, June 17th, 2016. What role does the Vermont Ski Industry play in sustaining Vermont’s communities and economy, and in creating opportunity for the Vermont people. Win Smith, of Sugarbush Resort, and Bill explain.
Tuesday, June 7th, 2016. What is the cost of regulation for the economy? Patrick McLaughlin and Bill investigate. Later, Guy Page and Bill take a closer look at key energy issues facing Vermont.
Wednesday, June 8th, 2016. Is there a looming crisis for teacher and state employee pensions? David Coates and Bill explore.
Thursday, June 9th, 2016. What does it take to succeed in business in Vermont? Robert Letovsky examines.
Friday, June 10th, 2016. How does raising the minimum wage hurt the very people it is intends to help? Sam Lincoln and Bill explain. Later, Art Woolf and Bill explore the meaning of recent statistics on employment, unemployment, and labor force participation.
Monday, May 30, 2016. Why is Memorial Day important for every Vermonter and every other American to remember? Rob Roper and Bill explain.
Tuesday, May 31st, 2016. What is the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), and how does it improve awareness and understanding of the important role that working forests, and the people who work them, play in sustaining our economy, environment, and culture. Kathy Abusow, National President of SFI, and Bill Sayre, explain. Later, Bruce Shields and Bill do the same for SFI and the working forests of Vermont.
Wednesday, June 1st, 2016. Will school consolidation save costs, and thereby hold the line on property taxes, or will it simply centralize control, and reduce the role of local communities in educating their children. Tanner Pratt and Bill investigate.
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016. How does the economic outlook for Vermont rank in comparison with other states. Jonathan Williams and Bill examine. Later, John McClaughry and Bill discuss the results of the Legislative session.
Friday, June 3rd, 2016. How does Government policy in Montpelier affect economic growth, prosperity, and opportunity for the people of Vermont. Former Governor Jim Douglas and Bill take a closer look.
Tuesday, May 24th, 2016. Did you know that the cost of regulation of our economy has now reached $15,000 per household? Robert Letovsky and Bill explore whether this is the best use of their money, using the example of 110 pages of new regulations for home based day care. Later, Kevin Ring and Bill remember the life and work of Anton Scalia.
Wednesday, May 25th, 2016. Live from the Vermont Chamber Expo, Bill Shouldice and Bill explore the important role of business in creating opportunity and prosperity for the people of Vermont, and how policy in Montpelier can affect business decisions.
Thursday, May 26th, 2016. Live from the Vermont Chamber Expo, John Burton and Bill investigate the role of big data in the future of the Vermont economy. Later, Matt Dodds and Bill examine the role of high technology in growing the Vermont economy, creating more jobs and higher family incomes.
Friday, May 27th, 2016. What should be the key goals for our next Governor, and how should he or she best achieve them? Matt Dunne, candidate for Governor, and Bill explore.
Monday, May 16th, 2016. Health Care, Education and Taxes. What changes do our Legislators have in mind? Rob Roper and Bill take a closer look.
Tuesday, May 17th, 2016. Are you an independent contractor or an employee? And why is the answer so controversial? Bruce Shields, Heidi Scheuermann, and Bill explain.
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016. Religion and Politics. What can one teach us about the other? Chico Martin and Bill explore.
Thursday, May 19th, 2016. What is financial literacy and why is it so important to the future of our State and her people? Tom Leavitt, President of the Northfield Savings Bank, and Bill investigate.
Friday, May 20th, 2016. What are the greatest threats to the finances of our nation, and what will happen if we ignore them? Mike Seeley and Bill examine. Later, Art Woolf and Bill discuss little known population statistics about Burlington, and what that means for Vermont.
Monday, May 9th, 2016. Vermont State tax revenue falls $14 million short of forecasts, as Puerto Rico verges on financial crisis. How are the two related? Rob Roper, George Rieger, and Bill explain.
Tuesday, May 10th, 2016. What policies will Sue Minter favor, if she is elected Governor? Bill interviews Sue to get the answers.
Wednesday, May 11th, 2016. What is entrepreneurial spirit, and why is it so important to promoting innovation, opportunity and prosperity? Robert Maynard and Bill explore.
Thursday, May 12th, 2016. What were the most important goals for the Legislature to accomplish, and did those goals get achieved. Are taxes too low, or is spending too high? When is it best to penalize the many in an attempt to correct the misbehavior of the few? Matthew Strong and Vicki Strong address these questions.
Friday, May 13th, 2016. What is the future of private practice in Medicine, as the government plays an ever bigger role in health care markets? Robert Emmons and Bill investigate.
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016. What is the Farm Credit Bank, and what role does it play in sustaining the rural economy of Vermont? Chris Bessette and Bill explain.
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016. Is the wind down of Vermont Yankee going smoothly, and what challenges and opportunities will we face in the year ahead? Joe Lynch and Bill explore.
Thursday, April 28th, 2016. How can we make Vermont more competitive as a place where entrepreneurs and other businesses want to invest capital, grow their companies, and create more and better jobs? Robert Letovsky and Bill take a explain.
In the second half, Matthew Strong and Bill examine why health insurance premiums in Vermont are among the highest in the nation.
Friday, April 29th, 2016. Why are the environmental benefits from Vermont’s working forests impossible to sustain unless the rural economy prospers? Live from the Loggers’ Expo in Essex Junction, Sam Lincoln, Colleen Goodridge, and Bill explain.
Tuesday, April 12th, 2016. How will legalizing marijuana affect our the health and safety of our children, our automobile drivers, and our job holders? Mary Alice McKenzie and Bill explain.
Wednesday, April 13th, 2016. What products and their makers, are making Vermont famous? John Boutin and Bill interview exhibitors at the Made in Vermont Expo to learn what and why.
Thursday, April 14th, 2016. What is the role of improving technology in creating jobs, and growing the Vermont economy? Matt Dodd and Bill investigate.
Friday, April 15th, 2016. How does small business view the new taxes and regulations created by the Vermont legislature? Kris Jolin and Bill examine the evidence, with Richard Borean of the Tax Foundation.
Wednesday, October 22nd. Bill and Bruce Lisman discusses the transfer of IBM Essex Junction to Global Foundries, and what we can learn from the experience about the importance of keeping Vermont affordable, competitive, and a place where business want to invest, grow, and hire.
Thursday, Oct 23rd. Bill interviews Brenan Riehl of GW Plastics about the history of his company, the challenges and opportunities ahead, and the importance of policy that helps keep Vermont business competitive in global markets.
Wednesday, October 15th. Bill interviews Dr. Harry Chen, Secretary of Health and Human Services, on the topic of Understanding the Ebola Virus; In the second half, Bill interviews Art Woolf about trends in Vermont Family Income, and what policies work best to lift families from poverty.
Friday, October 10th. Bill interviews Gov. Jim Douglas about his new book, his life and career, the nature and role of compromise in creating government policy.
Thursday, September 25th, 2014. Bill at the Vermont Manufacturing Expo. Tim Shea (Champlain Valley Expo), Steve England (Super Thin Saws), and Shane Clarke (LED Dynamics).
Tuesday, July 15. Bill Sayre interviews Dick Heaps on the state of Vermont’s Economy, and professor Adam Mossoff on patent trolling and the importance of intellectual property rights.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014, Bill Sayre interviews UVM Economist Art Woolf on the economics of electric cars and renewable energy. Rob Gordon of the Heritage Foundation discusses wage garnishment.
Monday, July 7, 2014. Bill Sayre interviews Rob Kaufman of the Heritage Foundation about Vermont’s business climate regulatory reform.
Thursday, June 26, 2014: Dr. Robert Letovsky on economic policy and its impact on poverty in Vermont. And Prof. Frank Bryan shares his insights into the political culture of the Green Mountain State.
Monday, June 23, 2014: Rob Roper & Bill Sayre discuss the VA scandal and what it portends for single payer healthcare in Vermont.
Friday, June 20, 2014: Bill interviews John Poreba of the Leadership Institute about conservative activism fighting back against institutional liberalism on college campuses.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014: Bill interviews Frank Cioffi of GBIC and Economist Dick Heaps discuss IBM’s future in Vermont, and the implications surrounding the sale of the Essex facility.
Oldie but Goodie!: Rob Roper interviews syndicated columnist Cal Thomas
Monday, June 2, 2014: Bill Sayre, Rob Roper and Shayne Spence discuss what we can learn from the troubles at hospitals managed by the Veterans Administration, to help guide the future of health care reform in Vermont.
Friday, May 30, 2014: Bill interviews Ambassador Skip Vallee, on foreign policy, economic policy, and environmental policy.
Thursday, May 29, 2014: Bill discusses with Tom Pelham, former Finance Commissioner, the Vermont State Budget, and whether it can be sustained without substantial tax increases.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014: Bill interviews Wayne Crews, of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, to get his views on the net neutrality controversy. What is net neutrality, what are the options before us, and why the choicies we make are important. In the second half, Bill interviews economist Art Woolf on a public policy issue important to the future of Vermont.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014: Bill discusses with former Governor Jim Douglas, important public policy issues facing our state and nation. Also an update on the Coolidge Foundation.
Monday, May 26, 2014: Bill Sayre, Rob Roper and Shayne Spence in studio, with Bruce Shield calling, discuss the importance of Memorial Day, with special music to help us remember why.
Friday, May 23, 2014: Bill interviews Allen Gilbert and Bill Schubart, about the work of the American Civil Liberties Union, and about the importance of defending the Bill of Rights, if we are to understand and safeguard individual liberty.
Thursday, May 22, 2014: Bill broadcasts live from the Vermont Chamber Business Expo, where he will interview Vermont business leaders about their role in creating economic growth, opportunity, and prosperity for their customers, for their people, and for the people of Vermont.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014: Bill broadcasts live from the Vermont Chamber’s Business Expo, where he will interview Vermont business leaders about the contribution of their companies to the Vermont economy, and what we must do to keep the economy growing, and creating more and better jobs.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014: Bill interviews Lynne Cheney about her new book on the life of James Madison, and his role in creating the Constitution, and in defining the role of government, in the early years of the Republic.
Monday, May 19, 2014: Bill Sayre interviews Rob Roper and Shayne Spence, about the ongoing work of the Ethan Allen Institute, including recent published commentaries, policy analysis, and policy recommendations.
Friday, May 16, 2014: George Rieger and Bill interview Tom Fitton, of Judicial Watch, about how he was able to obtain, through the Courts, information that has led to the formation of the Congressional Select Committee, to answer the unanswered questions about Benghazi. And then George and Bill discuss with Jim Black the Lamoille County economy, and how best to foster a growing economy and improving quality of life.
Thursday, May 15, 2014: Meredith Angwin updates us on energy issues, and how best to balance affordability, reliability, and renewability in producing the energy we use in our homes and businesses.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014: Lynne Cheney discusses what we can learn from her new book on James Madison. Then Scott Drenkard, of the Tax Foundation, discusses his new report on State Corporate Income Taxes, and how Vermont ranks against other states.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014: George Rieger and Bill interview Art Woolf, who applies economics to an current issue of importance to Vermont, and also, Lindsey Burke, of the Heritage Foundation, who discusses the evidence as to whether Pre-K education produces lasting benefits for the children who receive it.
Friday, May 9, 2014: Bill broadcasts live form the Northeastern Loggers’ Expo at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds, in Essex Junction, where he discusses with Vermont industry leaders the importance of working forests, and the people who work them, to the Vermont economy, environment, and culture.
Thursday, May 8, 2014: Bill broadcasts live from the Northeastern Loggers’ Expo at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds, in Essex Junction, where he interviews Bobby Goodson, of television fame, where he is known as the Swamp Logger. Goodson will discuss his experiences as a swamp logger in the South, and what we can learn from them.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014: Guy Page, of the Vermont Energy Partnership, gives an update on energy policies affecting the affordability and environmental impact of the energy we use in Vermont. Then Keith Quincy discusses his new book, which is called: Worse than You Think, the Real Economy Hidden Beneath Washington’s Statistics, and Where We Go From Here.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014: Betsy Bishop, of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, discusses the Legislative Session, and then John McClaughry discusses proposed reforms in Health Care and Education.
Monday, May 5, 2014: Bill Sayre interviews Rob Roper, about the ongoing work of the Ethan Allen Institute, including recent published commentaries and policy analysis, and a legislative review of the week just completed, and outlook for the week ahead.
Friday, May 2, 2014: Chris Graff, of National Life, discusses the history, and story, of National Life, its mission as a company, its culture, and its contribution to the Vermont economy, helping to create opportunity and prosperity for the people of Vermont.
Thursday, May 1, 2014: 1st Half: Art Woolf discusses an important issue affecting the Vermont economy. 2nd Half: Julia Angwin, nationally recognized author on surveillance and privacy, explains how our phone calls, email, and internet use are monitored, and how the information is used.
Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014: Larry Williams, President of Redstone, discusses the real estate market, for homes and businesses. And the role of his company in the economy.
Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014: Howard Shaffer, Vermont Energy Education Project, discusses energy issues, including the $17 million revenue sharing from Vermont Yankee, when wholesale electricity prices rose last winter.
Monday, Apr 28, 2014: Bill Sayre interviews Rob Roper and Shayne Spence, about the ongoing work of the Ethan Allen Institute, including recent published commentaries and policy analysis, and a legislative review of the week just completed, and outlook for the week ahead.
Friday, Apr 25, 2014: Anson Tebbetts, News Director at WCAX Television, discusses the role of their company in the Vermont economy, and how changes in the media technology have affect the business of reporting the news, and also the way in which people receive the news. And how these changes, in turn, affect and reflect, changes in our culture, economy, and the meaning of an informed public in a free society.
Thursday, Apr 24, 2014: 1st Half: Beth Fastiggi, Vermont President of FairPoint Communications, discusses the history of the company, their role in, and contribution to, the Vermont economy, and how changes in markets, products, and technology affect their company and their industry. 2nd Half: Guy Page, of the Vermont Energy Partnership, gives an update of energy issues and policies, and their effect on the Vermont economy.
Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014: Economist Dick Heaps discusses what employment and unemployment statistics are telling us about the growth and health of the Vermont economy.
Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014: Earth Day. R.J. Smith, senior fellow in environmental policy at the National Center for Public Policy Research, discusses his memories of the original Earth Day, and the importance private ownership of property, and markets, in sustaining and conserving the environment. Also, interpreting the Bundy Grazing Rights controversy in Nevada.
Friday, Apr 18, 2014: Robert Maynard, of True North Reports, discusses the importance of religious liberty in a free society. Also the connections of Easter and Passover to understanding the true meaning of freedom.
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014: Marie Jewett, CEO of Vermont Co-operative Insurance Companies, to discuss her company, and its long history of helping Vermont farmers and homeowners recover from hurricanes, ice storms, fires and other catastrophes. Also the role of property insurance in making market economy work. How are rates determined? Why choice and competition are important?
Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014: James Ehlers, of Lake Champlain International, discusses environmental issues in Vermont, and whether regulatory or voluntary approaches are the best way to improve the environment. Also, the views of Pope Francis on Capitalism, Poverty, and the Environment.
Monday, Apr 14, 2014: Bill Sayre interviews Shayne Spence, about the ongoing work of the Ethan Allen Institute, including recent published commentaries and policy analysis, and a legislative review of the week just completed, and outlook for the week ahead, particularly on policies affecting health care, education, property taxes, employer mandates, and other important issues affecting the people of Vermont.
Friday, Apr 11, 2014: Bill Sayre takes the Show live to the Made in Vermont Marketplace Trade Show, at the Champlain Valley Expo, in Essex Junction. The Show will start with an interview of John Boutin, of Vermont Business Magazine. And thereafter, interview Vermont entrepreneurs exhibiting at the Trade Show.
Thursday, Apr 10, 2014: 1st Half: John McClaughry discusses an issue of importance to those who believe in the ideals of a free society. 2nd Half. Meredith Angwin gives an update on energy issues important to our economy and environment.
Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014: Joe Carter, of the Acton Institute, explains his view that the greatest threat, to the global environment, greater than carbon emissions, are the poisonous emissions from cook fires, in the homes of billions of impoverished people, throughout the world, who can afford electricity.
Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014: 1st Half: Economist Art Woolf examines Vermont employment statistics to see what they tell us about economic growth, and future tax rates. 2nd Half: Representative Adam Greshin discusses his proposal to allow students at private high schools to get a state assistance to cover the cost of taking courses at UVM and the Vermont State Colleges, just the same as students at public high schools can now.
Monday, Apr 7, 2014: Bill Sayre interviews Rob Roper, and Shayne Spence, about the ongoing work of the Ethan Allen Institute, including recent published commentaries and policy analysis, and a legislative review of the week just completed, and outlook for the week ahead, particularly on policies affecting health care, education, property taxes, employer mandates, and other important issues affecting the people of Vermont.
Friday, Apr 4, 2014: 1st Half: Guy Page discusses energy issues, including what it means that the Public Service Board ratified the Master Settlement Agreement with Vermont Yankee. 2nd Half: Pete Antos-Ketcham, Maple Sugar Maker, and Green Mountain Club Director of Stewardship, discusses the Maple Sugar season, the Long Trail, and the connection of both to Vermont’s heritage of working forests.
Thursday, Apr 3, 2014: Leon Berthiaume, CEO of St. Albans Cooperative, discusses the role of the Co-op, and value added manufacturing, in sustaining our working lands, the people who work them, as well as our rural environment and culture.
Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014: 1st Half: Win Smith, CEO of Sugarbush Resort, will discuss the ski season, and its contribution to the economy; and also his views on property taxes, and property tax reform; and health care reform; 2nd Half: Scott Drenkard, of the Tax Foundation, discusses how it is that Vermont ranks 45th, among the 50 States, in our business tax climate, what this means to our prospects economic growth and job creation.
Tuesday, Apr 1, 2o14: 1st Half: Economist Dick Heaps discusses how it is that when taxes are used to pay for health care insurance, then the type of taxes used, will affect greatly the type and amount of health care that people want to receive. 2nd Half: Bill Messenger, attorney with the Right to Work Foundation, will discuss the recent Supreme Court Case about whether home health care providers can be forced to pay union dues, and the implications of this case for Vermont home child care providers, and independent contractors generally.
Friday, Mar 28, 2014: 1st Half: Bill Sayre and George Rieger interview a representative of Citizens Against Government Waste, on how our government could do a better job in spending our tax dollars. 2nd Half: Bill and George will interview Tom Fitton, of Judicial Watch, about how the problems at the IRS are, in reality, more about a threat to freedom of speech, particularly for those who take a different political view than the government, than it is about waste of government resources.
Thursday, Mar 27, 2014: Kerrick Johnson, of VELCO, Vermont’s electronic transmission company, discusses our electric grid: what it is, how it is changing, and why it is important to our economy, to our environment, and to the well-being of the Vermont people. First Half: Robert Letovsky, St. Michaels College, discusses how high and rising property tax burdens are connected to school spending; and also, what the meaning of recent announcements of job losses in Vermont.
Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014: 1st Half: Bill Sayre and Financial Expert, George Rieger, interview Amity Shlaes, nationally renowned author, discusses her books on Calvin Coolidge and the Forgotten Man, and other of her writings on how we find the property balance between individual liberty and personal responsibility, on the one hand, and on the other hand, government control and social responsibility. 2nd Half: Bill and George interview Howard Shaffer, discusses energy issues, including how we find the right balance between affordability and renewability, and the affect the choices we make have on competitiveness for our business, and affordability for our people.
Monday, Mar 24, 2014: Bill Sayre interviews Rob Roper, and Shayne Spence, about the ongoing work of the Ethan Allen Institute, including recent published commentaries and policy analysis, and a legislative review and outlook, for the week just completed, and the week ahead, particularly on policies affecting health care, education, property taxes, and other important issues affecting the people of Vermont.
Friday, Mar 21, 2014: First Half: Bruce Shields, discusses the connections between economic and environmental policy and practice. Second Half: Sen. Bob Starr gives an update of Legislative issues as the last half of the Session begins.
Thursday, Mar 20, 2014: First Half: Robert Letovsky, St. Michaels College, discusses how high and rising property tax burdens are connected to school spending; and also, what the meaning of recent announcements of job losses in Vermont. Second Half: Guy Page, gives an update of energy issues in Vermont, and finding the right balance between affordability and renewability.
Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014: Patrick Berry, Vermont Commissioner of Fish and Wildlife, discusses the major challenges and opportunities affecting wildlife and fish populations in Vermont, and also how forestry and farming can, and usually does, improve habitat for wildlife.
Monday, Mar 17, 2014: Bill Sayre interviews Rob Roper, and Shayne Spence, about the ongoing work of the Ethan Allen Institute, including recent published commentaries and policy analysis, and also updates on proposed legislation affecting education, health care, child care, and taxes.
Friday, Mar 14, 2014: Daren Bakst, agricultural policy expert at the Heritage Foundation, discusses his perspective on the Farm Bill, recently passed in Washington, DC.
Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014: Doug DiMento, of Agri-Mark Co-operative, discusses the importance of value added products, like Cabot cheese and yogurt, in sustaining our working lands, the people who work them, and Vermont’s rural economy, environment, and culture.
Monday, Mar 10, 2014: Bill Sayre interviews Rob Roper, and Shayne Spence, about the work of the Ethan Allen Institute, including mid-session legislative review of health care reform, tax policy, and second amendment protections.
Friday, Mar 7, 2014: Bill Moore, Vermont Farm Bureau, to discuss proposed new water quality regulations. Glen Wright, to discuss Vermont tax policy, and how we make Vermont more attractive as a place for entrepreneurs and other businesses to invest capital, grow their companies, and create jobs.
Thursday, Mar 6, 2014: Art Woolf, to discuss Vermont tax policy. And Meredith Angwin, to discuss Vermont energy policy.
Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014: David Coates, to discuss the looming burden of unfunded liabilities, as much as $3 billion, to pay pensions for our state employees, and also for our local teachers.
Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014: Mill Moore, Executive Director of the Vermont Independent Schools Association, will discuss education reform, and a proposal in the Legislature that would consolidate local schools, and potentially, drastically reduce opportunities for school choice.
Monday, Mar 3, 2014: Open Show for Town Meeting input, plus an update from Jon Street of Watchdog VT.
Friday, Feb 28, 2014: Terry McGuire. Venture Capitalist. What is venture capital, how does it work, and why is it important to growing the economy and creating jobs.
Thursday, Feb 27, 2014: 1st Half: Representatives Paul Ralston and Heidi Scheuermann discuss their legislation to create jobs and grow the economy. 2nd Half: Guy Page, Vermont Energy Partnership, an update on proposed legislation on energy issues, particularly solar energy, and proposals to lessen the effect of Vermont Yankee, on Windham County.
Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014: 1st Half: Representatives Paul Ralston and Heidi Scheuermann discuss their legislation to create jobs and grow the economy. 2nd Half: Guy Page, Vermont Energy Partnership, an update on proposed legislation on energy issues, particularly solar energy, and proposals to lessen the effect of Vermont Yankee, on Windham County.
Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014: Rob Roper will discuss with Doctor Deb Richter, to discuss the opiate addiction problem in Vermont.
Monday, Feb 24, 2014: George Rieger is co-hosting. Guests. Vermont economist Dick Heaps discusses his trip to Peru, and what he observed and experienced there, as to the economy, culture, and policy, that can help us with the same here in Vermont. Second guest. Jim Black, Professor at Johnson State College, to discuss business climate issues, particularly tax policy, and its effect on job creators, and economic growth, and what we can do to improve our situation.
Friday, Feb 21, 2014: Michael Snyder, Vermont Commissioner of Forests, Parks, and Recreation. On important issues facing Vermont forests, and the people who work them, and their role in sustaining the Vermont economy, environment, and culture.
Thursday, Feb 20, 2014: Howard Shaffer, an update on energy issues, carbon, and the environment. Robert Maynard, how to achieve educational excellence, at a more affordable price.
Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014: John McClaughry, the accumulating difficulties faced by single payer health care. What is a better way to go? Rob Roper, an update on issues in education reform. Independent Schools. School Choice. How to slow the growth in property taxes.
Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014: Ernie Pomerleau, discussing the Vermont economy, and important issues facing Vermont business. F-35 update. Tax Burdens. Education. Health Care. Energy. Regulatory reform.
Monday, Feb 17, 2014: Rob Roper and Shayne Spence debate Ben Walsh, Clean Energy Advocate for VPIRG, on climate change and what Vermont can, and should, do to address it.
Friday, Feb 14, 2014: Tom Evslin will discuss, from his perspective as a successful entrepreneur, the important role of invention, private enterprise, and competition, if we are to grow the economy, create more and better jobs, and grow tax revenues without raising tax rates.
Thursday, Feb 13, 2014: Annie Ramniceanu, Spectrum Youth Services, on the severity of the opiate addiction problem in Vermont, and how best to address it. Governor Shumlin will join the conversation for a portion of the Show.
Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014: Guy Page, on new developments in energy legislation and policy. Miller Conko, of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, to discuss the unintended consequences of GMO legislation.
Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014: Art Woolf, to discuss the effect of a payroll tax, to finance single payer health care, on employee wages and salaries. And Robbo Holeran and Steve McLeod to discuss a bill that would expand Act 250 regulation to most of the forestland in Vermont.
Monday, Feb 10, 2014: Rob Roper speaks with Johannah Donovan, Chair of the House Education Committee, about educational priorities in the 2014 legislature.
Friday, Feb 7, 2014: David Mears, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, to discuss how best to improve water quality, and other environmental issues important to the future of Vermont ……. Is more regulation the answer, or is there a better way?
Thursday, Feb 6, 2014: Governor Jim Douglas, discussing Calvin Coolidge, the importance of fiscal restraint and responsibility, how demographics affect the Vermont budget, and how to improve the competitiveness of the Vermont business climate
Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014: Cheryl Hannah, of the Vermont Law School, to discuss recent Supreme Court decisions, which test current law against the Constitution, and how these decisions affect us here in Vermont; Howard Shaffer, of the Vermont Energy Education Project, an update on the Vermont Yankee situation, and the true cost of net metering
Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014: Angela Logomasini of the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington DC, to discuss the unintended consequences of a proposed chemical regulation bill in Montpelier; Cathy Lamberton of the Associated General Contractors of Vermont, to discuss why a bill to why legislation requiring employers to pay for sick leave, will create some problems for small business
Monday, Jan 27, 2014: Rob Roper talks healthcare with Dr. Bob Emmons and Darcie Johnston of Vermonters for Health Care Freedom.
Friday, Jan 24, 2014: Bill Sayre speaks with James Ehlers about Lake Champlain Water Quality.
Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014: Bill Sayre discusses net metering and Vermont’s ranking of 45th in Business Tax Climate.
Monday, Jan 20, 2014: Rob Roper and Shayne Spence
Monday, Dec 16, 2013: Rep. Don Turner, House Minority Leader
Monday, Dec 9, 2013: Rusty “The Logger” Dewees; Paul Cillo of the Public Assets Institute.
Monday, Nov 25, 2013: New VTGOP chairman, David Sunderland.
Monday, Nov 18, 2013: Jim Stergios of the Pioneer Institute on Common Core.
Monday, Nov 4, 2013: Author Megan Price discusses her new book, Maine Wild.