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Time to take climate-change debate to the next level

Ethan Allen Institute

It is safe to say that all or at least most of us believe that Vermont is a very special place, and we all want to do what’s necessary to preserve and pass on this unique treasure that both draws and keeps us here – majestic mountains, pristine waters, and wild, open spaces. The question is, what is the best policy for doing so.

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From the Editor: Vermont’s dreary economic outlook

As a taxpayer and voter, you’d have to be either Eleanor Porter’s naive little orphan Pollyanna or a Kool-Aid chugging Jonestown true believer if last week’s “2015 Rich States, Poor States Report” didn’t make you feel depressed about living and working in Vermont.

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Gunners defeat near-permanent gun grab against mentally ill

Rep. Jewett's amendment would stop some Vermonters regaining gun rights

Gun rights advocates in Vermont were ready to let a Senate-approved bill restricting guns for the mentally ill slide.

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Amendment to Middlebury junk law requested

At the April 7 Middlebury Select Board meeting, resident Luther Tenny asked board members to support the initiation of a public process to amend Middlebury’s ordinance for the regulation of outdoor storage of junk and junk vehicles, in order to strengthen the town’s options for enforcement.

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Ethan Allen Institute: The Legislature’s Final Four

The Vermont legislature has entered the final four weeks of its 2015 session. The House has passed its appropriations, tax and health care “reform” bills, and the Senate is now well along in its consideration of those measures.

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Letter to the Editor: Business outlook

The NFIB, National Federation of Independent Business’ Small Business Optimism Survey for March fell 2.8 points to 95.2, the lowest reading since June of last year.

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Shumlin losing unions, socialists against ‘austerity’

Vermont Watchdog Report

Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) was public enemy No.1 at Saturday’s “Fight Back” statehouse rally, which united unions and socialists in a call for higher taxes and an end to “austerity” in Vermont.

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Vermont second worst economic outlook in nation

Vermont Watchdog Report

Only New York is worse than Vermont when it comes to tax and regulatory policies that foster economic growth, according to a new report on economic competitiveness between states.

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Middlebury green-living expo to feature kids activities

The Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) is coming to the Sustainable Living Expo on Saturday, April 11, at Middlebury Union High School, with a full menu of hands-on, minds-on activities for kids (and adults) throughout the day.

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House votes to force consolidation of school districts in Vermont

Vermont Watchdog Report

Despite one lawmaker’s valiant effort to preserve local control over schools in Vermont, the state House on Wednesday voted 88-55 to force districts to merge into 1,100-student pre-K-12 education systems, or to have the Agency of Education do it for them.

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Vermont vs. Indiana over travel ban

Vermont Watchdog Report

While Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and members of the House of Representatives moved this week to intimidate states with religious freedom protections, prominent spokesmen of America’s Muslim community defended Indiana and similar states.

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To the Editor: Repeal of the Vermont Employer Assessment

NFIB/VT was pleased the House Health Care Committee voted to repeal the Vermont Employer Assessment which raises $18 million and has become nothing more than an unnecessary penalty on small business.

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Vermont on track to miss out on direct-pay health care revolution

Vermont Watchdog Report

Direct-pay medicine offers top-notch health services at rock-bottom prices everyone can afford. Unfortunately, Vermont is set to miss out on this medical miracle.

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Disappointing budget with a silver lining

Ethan Allen Institute

Last Friday the Vermont House completed deliberations on a fiscal year 2016 general fund budget and an associated tax package. The appropriations committee, after months of intense work and no little agony, produced a budget that covers a $113 million deficit.

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Vermont repeats annual overspending ritual with House-approved budget

Vermont Watchdog Report

The Vermont House of Representatives on Thursday voted for a budget plan that praises sustainable spending but violates it yet another year.