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John McClaughry

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

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Make big wind pay its own way

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An intriguing battle is shaping up in the Vermont legislature, over industrial wind power. On one side is the Shumlin administration, wind developers, and pro-renewable energy lobby groups like VPIRG.

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Freedom as the school district solution

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The ranks of people opposed to the controversial school consolidation act (Act 46) are growing.

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Guest Viewpoint: Reining in WOTUS

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John Poszgai, a Hungarian truck mechanic, was conscripted into the Soviet Army in the 1950s. When Hungarians rebelled against Soviet tanks in 1956, he fought for his country’s freedom. When the Red Army suppressed that gallant uprising, he escaped to the land of freedom and opportunity, America.

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Restraining executive power

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The extra-constitutional executive grew under Woodrow Wilson and blossomed under the 13 years of Franklin Roosevelt.

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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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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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The latest big idea in Montpelier: Taxing services

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On April 15 the Democratic/Progressive chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Tim Ashe, lamented the difficult time the legislature is having trying to fill a $113 million General Fund budget gap.

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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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Disappointing budget with a silver lining

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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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Ethan Allen Institute: Are you ready for the Vermont carbon tax?

Single payer health care taxes are gone – for now – but there’s another hot idea in Montpelier for a new tax – the carbon tax. It’s being promoted by “Energy Independent Vermont”, a coalition led by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), the Vermont Natural Resources Council, and the Conservation Law Foundation.

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