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Editorial: Problems At The IRS
The United States House Ways and Means Committee released a report on Wednesday detailing expenditures by the Internal Revenue Service. Shortly thereafter IRS Commissioner John Koskinen appeared before the committee to plead for more money.
Friday, April 24, 2015

Editorial: Wanted, Ex-Cons
According to the Associated Press, Governor Peter Shumlin signed an executive order saying state government will remove from its job application form questions about whether the job-seeker has a criminal record.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Editorial: The Grift That Keeps on Gouging
Yesterday Mike Donoghue had another story about a state worker gouging taxpayers by gaming the overtime system and "spiking" his pension. William Goggins, director of education, licensing and enforcement for the Liquor Control Department, received $162,857 in overtime pay over 14½ years without documenting any work or hours, a Burlington Free Press investigation revealed.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Editorial: Revisionist History
Among the hacked Sony emails, now posted on WikiLeaks in their entirety, is an exchange between Sony CEO Michael Lynton and documentarian Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Editorial: Kill The Death Tax
Last week the United States House of Representatives voted, 240-179, to repeal the estate tax.
Monday, April 20, 2015

Editorial: Plan Your Tax Freedom Party
In 2012, National Tax Freedom Day was on April 12. In 2013, today (April 18) was National Tax Freedom Day. Last year it was on April 21st. This year it comes on April 24, almost two weeks later than it was three years ago and a week later than two years ago.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Editorial: A Propaganda Chair
We were somewhat startled by an assertion made by Rep. David Sharpe, D-Bristol, in his op-ed commentary that we ran this week (Wednesday, April 15).
Friday, April 17, 2015

Editorial: Simple Arithmetic Supports Choice
This week VTDigger published a special report examining the data behind Vermont's shrinking school enrollment. It's an easily digestible compilation of population, income, and education spending by county that tells us:
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Editorial: Terrible Comparison, Unfortunately
On Sunday a handful of union members from the Vermont Sate Employees Association (VSEA) and the Vermont NEA gathered in Montpelier to protest coming budget cuts. According to a report from VTDigger's Morgan True, VSEA Vice President Michelle Salvador slammed Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Legislature for their "attacks" on Vermont unions.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Editorial: It's Called a Vocal Minority
The Burlington Free Press had a story last week headlined "Vermont Businesses Rally Around Carbon Tax."
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Editorial: N.H. House Budget
Last week the NH House of Representatives passed a budget that will spend more than the current budget, but not as much as Governor Maggie Hassan requested.
Monday, April 13, 2015

Editorial: Still Fighting For Last
The American Legislative Exchange Council released its eighth annual "Rich State, Poor State" review this week and Vermont still suffers one of the worst economic outlooks in the nation. It ranked 49 out of 50 in the economic competitiveness index. The state has finished last or second-to-last every year since 2008.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Editorial: Welch Visits The Real World
Congressman Peter Welch paid a visit to Newport last Tuesday, and came away with some real world knowledge.
Friday, April 10, 2015

Editorial: Silly Move
On Monday St. Johnsbury Superintendent Ranny Bledsoe said she wanted to move her office from the school to a posh $1,500 suite far away from town. Hers is a growth industry, she thinks, and her taxpayer-funded quarters are cramped and wanting for feng shui.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lee Has Surrendered - Editorial - The Caledonian: April 14, 1865
These three words flashed over the wires last Monday and electrified the country as no other words ever did. And why? Because they are equivalent to three other words expressing our hopes and prayers for the last four years: The Rebellion Crushed! Our government, tried by the severest test to which any government ever was, or can be put, has come out triumphant. Treason is suppressed, and the great principle that "all men are created free and equal," is no longer a lie in our Declaration.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Editorial: A Sensible Open Records Bill
Early last month N.H. Rep. Patrick Long, D-Manchester, proposed to allow government to charge New Hampshire residents an unspecified up-front "fee" for public record requests before documents could be produced.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Editorial: Non-Essential Travel Order
Last week Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin banned state employees from travel to Indiana. The directive, to "Secretaries and Commissioners" read: "The Governor is directing that all agencies and departments ban any non-essential state funded or state sponsored travel to Indiana. This ban is effective immediately until further notice."
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Editorial: Chirpy Little Jailbirds
Inmates at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility are getting new flat screen TVs for their jail cells according to a recent news report.
Monday, April 6, 2015

Editorial: Choking Down Consolidation
This week the Vermont House voted to force small schools districts into larger supervisory unions.
Saturday, April 4, 2015

Editorial: Smile, You're On Police Camera
State Representative Chip Troiano has proposed legislation to require all Vermont police (local, county and state) to record their civilian interactions.
Friday, April 3, 2015

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