John McClaughry

Ethan Allen Institute: Biblical and socialist morality

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is out on the Presidential campaign trail, and he says he’s “talking about what I believe is the most important issue facing the American people: the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality. more »

Jul 20, 2015 9:07 AM Opinions

Ethan Allen Institute: The local economy solution

Fifteen years ago WalMart and Home Depot rolled into the Rutland-sized town of Midland, Ontario. A 20-year-old man who had built the website for his parent’s paint store decided to help locally owned businesses compete with the big-box giants. more »

Jul 6, 2015 10:16 AM Opinions

The latest big idea in Montpelier: Taxing services

On April 15 the Democratic/Progressive chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Tim Ashe, lamented the difficult time the legislature is having trying to fill a $113 million General Fund budget gap. more »

Apr 28, 2015 6:00 AM Opinions

Ethan Allen Institute: The Legislature’s Final Four

The Vermont legislature has entered the final four weeks of its 2015 session. The House has passed its appropriations, tax and health care “reform” bills, and the Senate is now well along in its consideration of those measures. more »

Apr 14, 2015 2:58 PM Opinions

Disappointing budget with a silver lining

Last Friday the Vermont House completed deliberations on a fiscal year 2016 general fund budget and an associated tax package. The appropriations committee, after months of intense work and no little agony, produced a budget that covers a $113 million deficit. more »

Mar 30, 2015 2:28 PM Opinions

Vermont Legislature moving to increase electric rates

The 2015 legislature, and of course, Gov. Peter Shumlin, are hard at work contriving yet another way to make Vermonters pay more for their electricity. more »

Feb 16, 2015 9:41 AM Articles

A better path to health care reform | Guest Viewpoint

A few days after his news conference announcing the death of single payer health care at least for now, a dejected Gov. Peter Shumlin announced his determination to carry on down the same perilous path. more »

Jan 6, 2015 7:00 AM Opinions

Ethan Allen Institute: Are you ready for the Vermont carbon tax?

Single payer health care taxes are gone – for now – but there’s another hot idea in Montpelier for a new tax – the carbon tax. It’s being promoted by “Energy Independent Vermont”, a coalition led by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), the Vermont Natural Resources Council, and the Conservation Law Foundation. more »

Dec 19, 2014 1:11 PM Opinions

Ethan Allen Institute: Dubious remedies for restraining education costs

Vermont Gov. Shumlin (D) and the legislative leadership have recently discovered that Vermonters are really, really unhappy about ever rising school property taxes. more »

Dec 5, 2014 8:36 AM Opinions

Ethan Allen Institute: The coming administrative state

The Vermont administrative state is again on the march. more »

Nov 21, 2014 11:30 AM Opinions

Ethan Allen Institute: Four proposals to improve Vermont elections

Now that the 2014 state elections are over, it’s worth looking at how the process might be improved in the future. Here are four proposals. more »

Nov 10, 2014 3:27 PM Opinions

Guest Viewpoint: School consolidation, charters, and choice

Vermonters moan about their steadily rising education property taxes, especially as the number of students continually decreases. Rarely do citizens focus clearly on the causes of rising school taxes, and the possible solutions. That is, in part, because the “education stakeholders” are ever alert to control the agenda for “reform”. more »

Jul 21, 2014 9:12 AM Opinions

Ethan Allen Institute: Forgiving ancient environmental injuries

From 1906 to 1951 the Springfield, Vt., municipal gas plant converted coal to gas and piped it to homes throughout the village. In that latter year liquid propane became a much better option, so grinding and heating coal was discontinued. Left behind was a bunch of contaminated structures, pipes and buried barrels of coal tar mixed with various environmentally nasty byproducts. more »

May 22, 2014 9:10 AM Opinions

Guest Viewpoint: Banner year for the liberal legislature

Vermont's biennial legislative session has just concluded, and it was a banner year for Vermont’s version of advanced liberalism. Consider these features: more »

May 12, 2014 9:35 AM Opinions

When imagination fails, raise school, property taxes

The heavily Democratic Vermont House has passed a bill (H.889) designed to squeeze out enough new dollars to keep the Education Fund solvent for 2015. Republicans voted No on the higher education property tax rates, and their state chairman declared that the Democrats’ passage of the bill was a “cold and callous action”. more »

Apr 14, 2014 10:26 AM Opinions

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Small Vermont farms in EPA’s crosshairs

The Vermont Sate Legislature is now seized with an important issue that must be addressed to the satisfaction of the Obama administration in the next couple of months, or the state will find itself in Washington’s enforcement crosshairs. more »

Mar 31, 2014 11:09 AM Opinions

Guest Viewpoint: The Obama-Shumlin job shrinkage plan

Returning from a meeting with U.S. President Obama (D) in Connecticut a week ago, Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) made a not-so-startling announcement: “I feel very strongly that it’s imperative to raise the minimum wage in Vermont to what the President has recommended.” He went on to suggest that a higher government-mandated wage would “give a boost to the state’s economy.” more »

Mar 17, 2014 10:55 AM Opinions

Ethan Allen Institute: Education spending’s wild ride

Last week’s Vermont Education Funding System report from the Vermont Realtors Association paints a startling picture of the financing of Vermont elementary and secondary education. more »

Feb 3, 2014 11:27 AM Opinions

John McClaughry: Fair share

Back in November, Vermont Tax Commissioner Mary Peterson received a letter from 168 'Campaign for Vermont' partners, asking her to rectify gross inequities in our education finance system. more »

Dec 31, 2013 6:00 AM Opinions

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