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Geoffrey Norman: Twofer... taxing unhealthy to fix a sick economy
One hears a lot of talk about how Montpelier is short of money and there are a number of proposals floating around about how to deal with this urgent and perennial problem. We could spend less, of course, but Vermont legislatures don't go for that sort of thing. Not these days. There may be some trimming, but it will not be sufficient. Which means ... increasing revenues.
Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ann Coulter: Msnbc's Maddow now rewriting instant replays
MSNBC's Maddow now rewriting instant replays
Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lawrence Miller: Addressing The Cost Shift Is A Win For Business
As someone who for the past 25 years has owned, advised or worked closely with a Vermont business, I know firsthand how confusing our health care system is for employers. But here's the most confusing aspect of all: Over the past three years, hospital budget growth has been kept at 3 percent, the lowest rate in 40 years. However, many private insurance premiums have risen way beyond that rate over that same time period. How can that be? The answer is the cost shift.
Friday, January 23, 2015

Tina Dupuy: America's Also-Ran Industrial Complex
America's also-ran industrial complex
Friday, January 23, 2015

Joe Guzzardi: State of the Union Offers Little To Middle Class
State of the Union offers little to middle class
Thursday, January 22, 2015

David Sunderland: Three Fiscal Facts You Haven't Heard
In a disjointed and frequently contradictory budget address, Governor Shumlin was quick to promote new tax hikes with a "I don't want to, but it's for your own good" tone intended to deflect attention from the real reasons our state has a growing $94-million budget deficit, a crisis of affordability and a stagnant, perhaps worsening, economy.
Thursday, January 22, 2015

John McClaughry: Shumlin's Budget Address: More Centralized Government
In his earnestly delivered Jan. 15 budget message, Gov. Peter Shumlin addressed many of the pressing issues left out of his inaugural address the week before.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Stephen Whitaker: VELCO Fiber And How It Factors Into Vermont's Telecommunication Planning Process
The news article on VELCO's fiber network from, published Jan. 16, describes just one of many examples of what is missing from the recently adopted Ten Year Telecommunication Plan. The 'Plan' should be rejected by a Joint Resolution of the Legislature. Future plans should be adopted by the Legislature and not the Department of Public Service, which allowed 10 years to pass without writing a plan, and then adopted an insufficient plan. A finding that the plan is complete, made by either the Public Service Board or the Legislative committees of jurisdiction, (GovOps, and/or Commerce/Finance) should also be required prior to adoption. The plan must detail specific strategies to accomplish the statutory goals of 202c. These recommended measures will require changes to the statutes 30 VSA 202c and 202d.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Rick Jensen: It's Always About Hitler
It's always about Hitler
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tom Licata: Memo To The Vermont Republican Party
On Dec. 27 I emailed a note to Vermont's Republican Legislators titled "Grow a pair." Underlined by disturbing trends to be elaborated on shortly, this provocative headline was triggered by a Caledonian Record editorial ("Credit Where It's Due," Dec. 26). The Record writes "[In] opposing Shumlin's socialist agenda [single-payer healthcare].... The state Republican party should have led detractors but it was a non-factor in debates. But it was, at best, wishy-washy and weak...."
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Paul Decelles: Yet Another Tax Increase
Friday's coverage of Governor Shumlin's budget address by Dave Gram of the Vermont Associated Press spoke volumes about the Shumlin administration. Shumlin's strategy to cut deficits, caused in large measure by his overspending, and Obamacare mandates, as usual, will fall mostly on the Vermont's workers and the business community.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tina Dupuy: America's Also-Ran Industrial Complex
America's also-ran industrial complex
Saturday, January 17, 2015

Geoffrey Norman: The Grass Menagerie, Hope From Dope
Not much economic news to celebrate here in Vermont. There seldom is. The governor is proposing a combination of tax increases and spending cuts to bring the state's budget into balance. This will, almost inevitably, lead to moves that are heavy on the taxes and light on the cuts.
Saturday, January 17, 2015

Amy Goodman: The other Charlies
The other Charlies
Saturday, January 17, 2015

Ann Coulter: As long as Obama brought up the cost of college ...
As long as Obama brought up the cost of college ...
Saturday, January 17, 2015

Gov. Peter Shumlin: Jobs, Affordability And Quality Of Life
We have our work cut out for us this legislative biennium. Too many hardworking Vermonters who are proud members of the middle class are left with a feeling that they are treading water or, worse, dipping below the surface. The only way to reverse that trend is by pursuing policies that grow jobs, expand affordability and preserve our quality of life. That's exactly what my agenda for progress will do.
Saturday, January 17, 2015

Jason Stanford: Jihad And Right-Wing Extremism Not So Different
Jihad and right-wing extremism not so different
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Michael Reagan: Quarterbacking Congress
Quarterbacking Congress
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cyrus Patten: Recision Roulette
Last week, the Governor signaled where his attention will be directed during this legislative session: energy and the cleanup of Lake Champlain. Both are good issues that need his attention. But I can't help but notice his inaugural speech seems to have been written for the few from whom he still enjoys strong support: his friends in renewable energy and environmental protection.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Daniel Weeks & Andrew Hemingway: Can't We All Just Get Along And Rebel
When it comes to politics, we generally disagree.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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