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Adam Hergenrother: Well-intentioned Policy Will Hurt Small Businesses
Vermont has historically been considered an excellent place for entrepreneurs to start a business. As recently as the summer of 2013, Vermont was named the second most entrepreneurial state in the nation by CNN Money. While we may be a very entrepreneurial state, we fall far short of being a business-friendly one. In 2014, Forbes named Vermont one of the 10 worst states to do business in, ranking 43rd. Business costs are 13% above the national average and the state's job outlook is projected to be the third worst in the country over the next five years. So while Vermont has a culture of entrepreneurship, it fails to provide a corporate environment in which businesses can thrive -- creating jobs and growing the local economy. Starting a business in Vermont may be relatively easy, but keeping one open, running, profitable, and thriving is another story, a story riddled with angry protagonists and questionable agendas.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Jason Stanford: Time For A Real Conversation About War
Time for a real conversation about war
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dr. Sandy Reider: There Is No Measles Crisis
While vaccination rates have never been higher, Vermont physicians and politicians are claiming that Vermont has a "disturbing low childhood vaccination rate," stirring fear over measles, painting a perfect picture of vaccines always working and never causing harm, and finally concluding: "The time is now to mandate vaccination."
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Phil Kerpen: Obamacare Architect's New Lie To The Supreme Court
Obamacare architect's new lie to the supreme court
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Littleton Selectboard: Bonding for the Future
Articles 2 and 3 on the 2015 Littleton Town Warrant are Bond requests for $1,300,000 to replace the Highway Garage and $500,000 to provide match money for the River District Redevelopment project. Both are projects that address current deficiencies as well as future growth expectations. A majority of the Town/School Budget Committee and a unanimous Select Board are on record supporting passage of these two articles, and, as your selectmen, we are asking for your support of these articles as well when you vote on March 10th.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tom Purcell: Snow's Silver Lining
I admit it: I love the snow and the cold.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Gov. Peter Shumlin: Not the way we do business in Vermont
Too often the news we hear focuses on the controversy over what we don't agree on. As we work to put together a difficult budget that matches Montpelier's appetite for spending with Vermonters ability to pay and other legislation that helps make this state a more affordable place to live, work, and raise a family, there is plenty of that to go around. But this week we all -- Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and Progressives -- were able to come together on legislation to protect Vermonters from business practices that target those who can least afford it with rental schemes that can charitably be described as a rip off.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Vermont Rep. Paul Dame: Business As Usual
It can be hard to start a business in Vermont -- and on Friday the 13th it just got a little harder.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ann Coulter: GOP double-crossing traitors
GOP double-crossing traitors
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Amy Goodman: From demos to podemos: popular uprisings in Greece and Spain
From demos to podemos: popular uprisings in Greece and Spain
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Geoffrey Norman: Riding A High Horse - A President Is Just A President
Riding a high horse -- a president is just a president
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Rob Roper: Expanding School Choice Would Benefit All Vermonters
There are plenty of reasons for parents and kids to love school choice in the 90-plus Vermont towns that already have it, and there are plenty of solid educational and social arguments for expanding the program to all Vermont towns. But why should folks without kids care? Property values.
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Michael Reagan: Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest
Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Joe Gandelman: Misinterpreting Brian Williams' Misremembering
Misinterpreting Brian Williams' misremembering
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sen. Jeanie Forrester: Raiding Funds
Dear Constituents,
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Rep. Paul Dame: H.184 'The Fee Bill'
It can be hard to start a business in Vermont - and on Friday the 13th it just got a little harder.
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Phil Kerpen: Obama's Plan To Regulate The Internet Risks Content Control
Obama's plan to regulate the Internet risks content control
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tom Pelham: Apologize, and Then Move On
It's a mathematical and fiscal fact. In 2010, state spending from the general fund was $1.087 billion. Given the annual budget adjustment just passed by the House, state general fund spending for fiscal 2015 will be $1.406 billion. That equates to an annual spending growth rate of 5.3 percent. If, however, since 2010 state general fund spending had increased at a 3 percent rate, spending would be $1.26 billion or $146 million less than the House passed budget adjustment.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ron Paul: How Many More Wars?
How Many More Wars?
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

John McClaughry: 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. The vehicle is H.40, spearheaded by Rep. Tony Klein and just now emerging from the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee. It's the bill to -- finally -- impose upon Vermont electric utilities a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).
Tuesday, February 17, 2015


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