John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute.
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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Back in November, Vermont Tax Commissioner Mary Peterson received a letter from 168 'Campaign for Vermont' partners, asking her to rectify gross inequities in our education finance system.
"Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to shift your money from Wall Street to Main Street and achieve real prosperity."
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average has topped 16,000. Wall Street investors, who were hammered when the mortgage debt implosion drove the DJIA down to 7,608 just four and a half years ago, are exultant. So is almost everyone who owns exchange-traded investments, 401ks, IRAs, and pension funds.
On Sept. 12 the nationally-known consulting group Gartner, Inc. delivered a report to the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The report assessed the operational readiness of the various state health insurance exchanges as the ObamaCare mandated launch date – Oct. 1 – approached.
David Stockman, by any standard, has to be one of the most brilliant public policy minds of the past forty years. After six years as a young Michigan Congressman, he burst upon the national scene as President Reagan’s 34 year old Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
On Sept. 5, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin gave a televised interview to Steve Pappas, editor of the Times Argus. The bulk of it dealt with the new health insurance Exchange and its scheduled successor Green Mountain Care. As usual, the governor appeared articulate and well informed.
For decades, the various New England anti-nuclear groups have waged incessant warfare against the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant and Entergy, which bought the plant from a coalition of Vermont utilities in 2002.
A lot of Vermonters probably wondered why the main business of Vermont’s 2013 legislative session seemed to have found and extracted ever more millions of tax dollars. First, let’s look at transportation taxes.
This spring, the Vermont Independence Press of Waitsfield came out with a collection of essays published since 2005 in its quarterly magazine Vermont Commons. It’s entitled “Most Likely to Secede”, but very little of it gets into the arguments for getting Vermont out of the decadent United States.