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John McClaughry

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

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Ethan Allen Institute: Dubious remedies for restraining education costs

Vermont Gov. Shumlin (D) and the legislative leadership have recently discovered that Vermonters are really, really unhappy about ever rising school property taxes.

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Ethan Allen Institute: The coming administrative state

The Vermont administrative state is again on the march.

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Ethan Allen Institute: Four proposals to improve Vermont elections

Now that the 2014 state elections are over, it’s worth looking at how the process might be improved in the future. Here are four proposals.

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Guest Viewpoint: School consolidation, charters, and choice

Vermonters moan about their steadily rising education property taxes, especially as the number of students continually decreases. Rarely do citizens focus clearly on the causes of rising school taxes, and the possible solutions. That is, in part, because the “education stakeholders” are ever alert to control the agenda for “reform”.

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Ethan Allen Institute: Forgiving ancient environmental injuries

From 1906 to 1951 the Springfield, Vt., municipal gas plant converted coal to gas and piped it to homes throughout the village. In that latter year liquid propane became a much better option, so grinding and heating coal was discontinued. Left behind was a bunch of contaminated structures, pipes and buried barrels of coal tar mixed with various environmentally nasty byproducts.

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Guest Viewpoint: Banner year for the liberal legislature

Vermont's biennial legislative session has just concluded, and it was a banner year for Vermont’s version of advanced liberalism. Consider these features:

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When imagination fails, raise school, property taxes

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The heavily Democratic Vermont House has passed a bill (H.889) designed to squeeze out enough new dollars to keep the Education Fund solvent for 2015. Republicans voted No on the higher education property tax rates, and their state chairman declared that the Democrats’ passage of the bill was a “cold and callous action”.

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Small Vermont farms in EPA’s crosshairs

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The Vermont Sate Legislature is now seized with an important issue that must be addressed to the satisfaction of the Obama administration in the next couple of months, or the state will find itself in Washington’s enforcement crosshairs.

Guest Viewpoint: The Obama-Shumlin job shrinkage plan

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Returning from a meeting with U.S. President Obama (D) in Connecticut a week ago, Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) made a not-so-startling announcement: “I feel very strongly that it’s imperative to raise the minimum wage in Vermont to what the President has recommended.” He went on to suggest that a higher government-mandated wage would “give a boost to the state’s economy.”

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Ethan Allen Institute: Education spending’s wild ride

Last week’s Vermont Education Funding System report from the Vermont Realtors Association paints a startling picture of the financing of Vermont elementary and secondary education.

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