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The 2019 Vermont legislative session is now history, and it’s worth taking stock of its accomplishments, both positive and negative. Read more

The Vermont Eagle

The $15 minimum wage is an increasingly hot topic in the election debates. Read more

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So, it hit the news today that Vermont businesses are not complying with the new “gender neutral” bathroom law. Read more

The Vermont Eagle

As the Vermont State Legislature plans its agenda for the 2018 session, our elected leaders might consider addressing some of the issues highlighted by the business magazine, Forbes, regarding our economic situation. Read more

The Vermont Eagle

The Wall Street Journal recently looked at IRS data and noticed “an accelerating flight from high-tax states.” Read more

The Vermont Eagle

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

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. Read more

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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... Read more

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? Read more

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

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

The Vermont Eagle

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

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

The Vermont Eagle

The $15 minimum wage is an increasingly hot topic in the election debates. Read more

The Vermont Eagle

So, it hit the news today that Vermont businesses are not complying with the new “gender neutral” bathroom law. Read more

The Vermont Eagle

As the Vermont State Legislature plans its agenda for the 2018 session, our elected leaders might consider addressing some of the issues highlighted by the business magazine, Forbes, regarding our economic situation. Read more

The Vermont Eagle

The Wall Street Journal recently looked at IRS data and noticed “an accelerating flight from high-tax states.” Read more

The Vermont Eagle

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

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... Read more

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? Read more

The Vermont Eagle 2 Comments

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

The Vermont Eagle

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

The Vermont Eagle

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

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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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? Read more

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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. Read more

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