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Repeal Vermont’s “certificate of need” laws

Ethan Allen Institute Report

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.

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From the editor: NIMBY were the borogroves

Last summer we reported on various efforts to slow down the solarization of Vermont’s agricultural and residential landscapes, notably in New Haven...

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Guest Viewpoint: Moving Vermont forward

Moving Vermont’s economy forward requires investments in both innovation and infrastructure.

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Ethan Allen Institute: Biblical and socialist morality

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is out on the Presidential campaign trail, and he says he’s “talking about what I believe is the most important issue facing the American people: the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality.

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Head of realtor trade group: property taxes causing Vermont's outmigration

Vermont Watchdog Report

High property taxes in Vermont are bad for homeowners and are causing people to leave Vermont...

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From the Editor: Making a political hero

During the mid 1800s, the Italian upper classes hated the hero Giuseppe Garibaldi. The flamboyantly dressed, red-shirted warrior had helped unite parts of Italy and defeated the Papal States during the 1860s, a major chapter in Italy’s long and bloody Risorgimento (resurgence or unification).

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Seabrook atomic plant helping to keep the lights on in Vermont

Vermont Watchdog Report

Utility companies in Vermont are buying nuclear capacity from New Hampshire while Vermont dismantles its former electricity-generating nuclear powerhouse.

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State to deploy “green” stormwater infrastructure

Demonstrating Vermont’s ongoing commitment to flood mitigation, pollution reduction and energy preservation, four state agencies and separtments submitted reports to the governor last week documenting their work to utilize and promote Green Stormwater Infrastructure.

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Ethan Allen Institute: The local economy solution

Fifteen years ago WalMart and Home Depot rolled into the Rutland-sized town of Midland, Ontario. A 20-year-old man who had built the website for his parent’s paint store decided to help locally owned businesses compete with the big-box giants.

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Life-long Vermonters fleeing state for opportunities elsewhere

Vermont Watchdog Report

Vacationers to Vermont dream of staying forever. But for many Vermonters trapped in the state’s struggling economy, opportunities in other states are convincing them to flee the Green Mountains for greener pastures. It’s no secret Vermonters are leaving the state.

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Vt. business groups question $100,000 awarded to only one chamber

Vermont Watchdog Report

Business development groups in Vermont are demanding to know how a $100,000 appropriation for fostering business with Quebec was awarded exclusively to Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, according to e-mails obtained....

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Bristol residents to vote on $3.19 million fire station, land purchase

Registered voters of the Town of Bristol will vote Tuesday, July 7, at Holley Hall from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., on a $3.19 million bond to build a new fire station and purchase 9.03 acres of land located on West Street.

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How will SCOTUS ruling affect Vermonters?

Vermont Watchdog Report

The U.S. Supreme Court last Thursday ruled 6-3 to allow states without insurance exchanges to continue receiving federal subsidies. Critics of the ruling say the decision does nothing to help Vermonters escape the state’s troubled health care exchange.

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Board supports Shard Villa Road gas project

The Middlebury Select Board signed a letter reaffirming its support for the Renewable Natural Gas Biomethane Project proposed for Shard Villa Road in Salisbury, which is now before the Vermont Public Service Board for review.

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New Haven Select Board concerned regarding solar-array landscaping

New Haven Select Board members Doug Tolles and Jim Walsh recently contacted Town of Middlebury officials to express their concerns over what they believe is inadequate landscaping screening that has been put in place at the new solar array adjacent to Field Days Road.

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