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Montpelier Spending May Soon Cost Taxpayers More Per $

S&P Global Ratings changed its outlook for two major types of bonds to negative last week. Vermont's general obligation debt and the Vermont State College bonds outstanding each had a “stable” outlook after being downgraded from AAA in 2018, but both were changed to a negative outlook after a press release last week.

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Vermonters respond: “Should mass mail balloting become permanent?”

Perhaps it was something in the air, but a day after the election, I started to think, I wonder what the chances are of Vermont extending the mail-balloting initiative for 2020 indefinitely?

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Who’s Really Racist in the Fight Over Mascots?

Rutland High School is engaged in the latest case of attempted virtue signaling by changing the name of a sports team. The Raiders, whose logo is an arrowhead, are on the chopping block because, allegedly, racism. But what’s really racist here? Keeping and honoring a Native American symbol of pride, community spirit and strength, or eradicating it precisely because it is Native American. Who’s leading this cause, Andrew Jackson?

What this weird and growing phenomenon is really about in its effect is the systematic elimination of Mascots of Color. Which is, when you think about it, kinda racist.

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Massachusetts Car Data Law Victory

Here’s a heartening news report from Eric Boehm of Reason.com: ”The most expensive ballot initiative campaign in Massachusetts history ended with a resounding victory for property rights as voters approved the so-called "right-to-repair" ballot initiative.”

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VT Tourism Drops Almost 50% vs. 2019

Seven Days had a fascinating cover story this week: “For Vermonters and out-of-state visitors, the requirement to quarantine (for 14 days) when traveling to the Green Mountains from elsewhere in the Northeast is governed by a county-by-county map that changes weekly, according to case rates. Quarantine counties are depicted in red or yellow, non-quarantine counties in green

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Stiffing Justice Barrett

Erin Hawley of the Independent Women’s Law Center is a former law clerk for Chief Justice John Roberts. She recently blasted the Girl Scouts of America, which has celebrated the previous four female justices - O’Connor, Ginsburg, Kagan and Sotomayor - for stiffing new Justice Amy Coney Barrett’

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Good paying green energy jobs are unlikely

The Climate Change crowd, and their gubernatorial candidate David Zuckerman’s advertising, enthusiastically predict that their Green New Deal will produce thousands of well-paying jobs for Vermonters.

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

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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