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The Carbon Tax really is the zombie, body snatcher legislation that will not die. more

Nov 25, 2017 9:00 AM The Vermont Eagle

Mars may need women, at least according to the 1967 sci-fi B movie, “Mars Needs Women”, but Vermont needs more young people and middle-class families — that is, more people paying taxes and fees. more

Nov 14, 2017 7:00 AM Editorials

A recent op-ed by Sabrina Melendez, a self-described climate activist and student at Bennington College, leaves one’s mouth agape, wondering if the author actually expects anyone to buy what she’s saying about the carbon tax... more

Oct 20, 2017 9:00 AM The Vermont Eagle

An article in Seven Days reminded us that back in 2007 the Vermont Legislature set a goal to cut child poverty in half in 10 years. A 14-member panel was charged with getting this done. The deadline passed on June 30. How’d we do? more

Sep 28, 2017 9:00 AM The Vermont Eagle 1 Comments

It has been a long-time goal of the public school special interests to regulate Vermont independent schools ... more

Sep 2, 2017 9:00 AM The Vermont Eagle

The National Bureau of Economic Research released its latest working paper on Seattle’s $15 minimum wage policy. more

Jul 7, 2017 6:00 AM The Vermont Eagle

Gov. Phil Scott came into office pledging to put Vermont’s wounded economy back on the right track. more

Jun 21, 2017 12:00 PM The Vermont Eagle

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RUTLAND — Vermont’s dirty little secret is out in the open. The Green Mountain State is the victim of a demographic shift. more

Feb 2, 2017 6:00 AM The Vermont Eagle

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MONTPELIER — The enormous cost of cleaning up Lake Champlain became apparent this week when Vermont Treasurer Beth Pearce announced a multi-million-dollar annual funding plan that would take 20 years to fully realize. more

Jan 25, 2017 3:00 PM The Vermont Eagle

When I was in second grade, my parents moved our family from Virginia to Connecticut because Dad took a job in New York City. more

Jan 25, 2017 12:00 PM Letters to the Editor

What happens when an irresistible force meets and unmovable object? Vermonters will find out in January when the new Republican governor officially takes office along with a legislature that has, if anything, moved a little to the left. more

Nov 29, 2016 12:00 PM Letters to the Editor

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Some individuals—and that includes both elected and unelected citizens—flex far too much power over our lives, typically behind the scenes and without ever asking our consent. more

Oct 25, 2016 6:00 AM Editorials

At the Tunbridge Fair, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter indicated in an interview with WDEV’s Mike Smith that she is in favor of expanding the Vermont state sales and use tax to services. more

Sep 20, 2016 6:00 AM The Vermont Eagle

Over the past legislative session, the issue of divesting state pension funds of fossil fuel investments received considerable debate both in the State House and around Vermont. more

Aug 24, 2016 3:00 PM The Vermont Eagle

For over a decade we have been following the goal of the VTNEA and their allies in Montpelier to expand the public school system by two years to include three and four-year-olds. The next steps in this very expensive long-term play are underway. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 PM Letters to the Editor

The Carbon Tax really is the zombie, body snatcher legislation that will not die. more

Nov 25, 2017 9:00 AM The Vermont Eagle

A recent op-ed by Sabrina Melendez, a self-described climate activist and student at Bennington College, leaves one’s mouth agape, wondering if the author actually expects anyone to buy what she’s saying about the carbon tax... more

Oct 20, 2017 9:00 AM The Vermont Eagle

An article in Seven Days reminded us that back in 2007 the Vermont Legislature set a goal to cut child poverty in half in 10 years. A 14-member panel was charged with getting this done. The deadline passed on June 30. How’d we do? more

Sep 28, 2017 9:00 AM The Vermont Eagle 1 Comments

It has been a long-time goal of the public school special interests to regulate Vermont independent schools ... more

Sep 2, 2017 9:00 AM The Vermont Eagle

The National Bureau of Economic Research released its latest working paper on Seattle’s $15 minimum wage policy. more

Jul 7, 2017 6:00 AM The Vermont Eagle

Gov. Phil Scott came into office pledging to put Vermont’s wounded economy back on the right track. more

Jun 21, 2017 12:00 PM The Vermont Eagle

When I was in second grade, my parents moved our family from Virginia to Connecticut because Dad took a job in New York City. more

Jan 25, 2017 12:00 PM Letters to the Editor

What happens when an irresistible force meets and unmovable object? Vermonters will find out in January when the new Republican governor officially takes office along with a legislature that has, if anything, moved a little to the left. more

Nov 29, 2016 12:00 PM Letters to the Editor

At the Tunbridge Fair, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter indicated in an interview with WDEV’s Mike Smith that she is in favor of expanding the Vermont state sales and use tax to services. more

Sep 20, 2016 6:00 AM The Vermont Eagle

Over the past legislative session, the issue of divesting state pension funds of fossil fuel investments received considerable debate both in the State House and around Vermont. more

Aug 24, 2016 3:00 PM The Vermont Eagle

For over a decade we have been following the goal of the VTNEA and their allies in Montpelier to expand the public school system by two years to include three and four-year-olds. The next steps in this very expensive long-term play are underway. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 PM Letters to the Editor

We need to lower the cost of health care in Vermont, and the state, dealing with a structural budget deficit, doesn’t have the capacity to raise more taxes. So, what can we do? One simple, cost-free solution is to repeal Vermont’s Certificate of Need (CON) laws. more

Jul 28, 2015 8:32 AM Opinions

Love him or hate him, one has to concede that Bernie Sanders has had a tremendous impact on the political direction of Vermont over the past a quarter century plus. His influence has reverberated throughout the Green Mountains and in our State House. He has had spawned many acolytes in the activist community and in the halls of power. more

May 15, 2015 2:27 PM Opinions

Here’s the puzzle the legislature must solve regarding education finance reform: How do you lower the cost of educating our kids so we can cut taxes, while maintaining or improving high student outcomes? more

Dec 16, 2014 7:00 AM Opinions

Vermonters have been waiting years to find out how the state plans to pay for a $5 billion plus single payer healthcare system that will require at a minimum $2 billion in new taxes. more

Nov 17, 2014 9:20 AM Opinions

Yesterday, Sept. 11, 54 senators voted to amend the U.S. Constitution so as to essentially do away with the First Amendment. The effort to pass S.J. Res. 19 was led by, among others, Vermont’s junior senator, Bernie Sanders, with the vocal support of senior Senator Patrick Leahy. more

Sep 12, 2014 12:14 PM Opinions

As the legislature wrapped up business before heading home for the Town Meeting Day break, the Vermont Senate voted 22-8 in favor of an Act Related to Childcare Providers. What this bill would do is effectively pick the pockets of Vermont’s smallest businesses, mostly run by women who don’t make a lot of money. more

Apr 8, 2014 9:41 AM Opinions

The past year has been a hard one on Vermont employees. For example, IBM, Vermont’s long-time top private employer laid off 419 workers from its Essex facility last summer and just announced another 140 jobs will go. more

Mar 11, 2014 9:28 AM Opinions

A business owner in Lamoille County told me a story about an employee who recently came to him to resign from his job. The job was a good paying, blue-collar position. more

Dec 16, 2013 11:21 AM Opinions

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