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Burlington Ranks High in Quality of Life, Education & Health, Low in Affordability and Safety

Wallethub ranked Burlington as the #152 best small city in the US! Burlington placed better than 82% of the 1269 contestants which have a population between 25,000 and 100,000.

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NJ Environmental Groups Call TCI “Racist,” Oppose Climate Pact

A leading New Jersey environmental group, Clean Water Action, came out with a strong statement urging that state’s governor to reject the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI), a proposed multi-state pact that would raise the price of gasoline and diesel by 5-17 cents per gallon.

Among the group’s many complaints about the proposal is that it is “racist.”

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Ethan Allen Institute Releases Short Session Legislator Vote Profiles

The Ethan Allen Institute released its officially updated legislator “Roll Call Profiles” today to reflect the key votes from the August and September 2020 legislative session. 

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Cota on Burlington Gas Furnace Tax

Here’s an interesting news item from last Friday. The Burlington City Council has banned backyard wood burning fire pits  due to concerns about air pollution.

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Trump and Obama Justices Condemn Actions of Vermont State Employees

One Trump Supreme Court appointee joined two Obama Supreme Court appointees in condemning the actions of Vermont state employees, suggesting that the rule of law can overcome the partisan divide.

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Poll: Majority of Vermonters Oppose TCI Tax/GWSA Lawsuits

According to a poll of 600 Vermonters, majorities oppose key components of environmental legislation, the recently passed Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), and the pending Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI).

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Scott’s Improbable New Idea for Affordable Electricity

On October 14 Gov. Phil Scott and four other New England governors – not including New Hampshire’s  -  announced their support for major changes in the governance of the New England electricity market, which is conducted by the Independent System Operator ISO-New England.

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Vermont Accidentally Demonstrates “Trickle Down” Works

Seven Days recently ran an article asking, “Has Phil Scott Made Vermont More Affordable.” The story cites the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy which notes that Vermont has “one of the most progressive, or equitable, tax systems in the country.”

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Report Ranks Scott as 7th Most Fiscally Responsible Governor in US

The Cato Institute gives Governor Phil Scott high marks for his fiscal stewardship. It recently published the “Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors 2020” which uses publicly available data to assess the fiscal performance of the governors and how they restrained or grew the size of their state’s government from January 2018 to August 2020.

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Union-backed bill would impair employee rights and jeopardize state’s Medicaid funding

By Maxford Nelsen

The legislative process can be quite effective at screening out bad ideas, but sometimes, by accident or design, flawed policies still make it through.Other Florida Elder-Focused Medicaid Programs

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