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Commentary: Emergency Deregulation and Mutual Aid

by John McClaughry Vermont’s most recent disaster occurred in September 2011, when Tropical Storm Irene roared up the west side of the state. Fourteen hundred residences were damaged and their residents displaced; 34 state highway and 90 town bridges were washed out or closed; 531 state highway miles and 175 town roads were impassable. Gov. […]

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Commentary: Lessons from the Great Depression (March, 2020)

By Rob Roper When the imminent threat of the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, we will undoubtedly be dealing with an economic situation of high unemployment and businesses in flux. Government policy will have a significant impact on how quickly the economy recovers – or not. Here we can learn some lessons from the Great Depression and […]

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Commentary: Coronavirus Pandemic Lessons (March, 2020)

by John McClaughry The final chapter in the coronavirus pandemic story won’t be written for a distressingly long time, but it’s worth leaping ahead in time and looking back at what Americans and Vermonters will hopefully have learned. The world was ill prepared for a global pandemic. Since the Spanish Flu (so called) killed 50 […]

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Commentary: The Legislature’s Unhealthy Obsession with Greenhouse Gas Emissions (March, 2020)

By Rob Roper We all want clean hands, especially during this cold and flu season, but we don’t want to be obsessive/compulsive about washing to the point where our skin becomes cracked and bloody. We don’t want to become obese, but neither do we want concern for our weight to develop into an eating disorder […]

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Commentary: Act 250 and the Perfect Climate Conscious State (February, 2020)

By John McClaughry In January 2019 the commission to review and update Act 250 presented a well written report. Its recommendations are now the subject of 94-page bill (H.926) to dramatically reshape the state’s land use and development act. On the plus side, in light of its 50 years in force, Act 250 was certainly […]

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Commentary: The Worst Democracy-Shredding Bill in Fifty Years (February, 2020)

By John McClaughry Over the past fifty years I have seen a lot of bills introduced into the Vermont legislature. Of all the bills over all those years, the absolute worst was just introduced in the House, with 87 co-sponsors (all Democratic and Progressive). It’s titled the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA, H.688). The Climate […]

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Commentary: With TCI Imploding, A Worse Bill Is on the Horizon (January, 2020)

By Rob Roper Before the 2020 legislative session kicked off, proponents of the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) were calling the interstate agreement to raise prices of gasoline and diesel by as much as 17¢ a gallon their “banner” legislation for the new year. Now, just half way through January, the scheme is unravelling at a […]

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Commentary: Singapore: A Useful Health Care Model (January, 2020)

by John McClaughry             Health care is again moving to center stage in this election year. A year ago the Trump Administration released a respectable report (“Reforming America’s Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition”) but neither Democrats nor Republicans have shown much interest in it since no major legislation can pass both House and Senate. […]

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Commentary: How Will Vermonters Afford This Agenda? (December, 2019)

by Rob Roper The Vermont legislature returns in January with a long list of daunting challenges, all with potentially astronomical price tags for Vermonters, who are already some of the most highly taxed people in the United States. Among this list includes a projected 6% increase in property taxes to fund an education system already […]

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Help Us Make a Difference in 2020!

Dear Friend of Liberty, .         This past September we all witnessed The Climate Strike and Week of Action as angry mobs of disgruntled Leftists blocked traffic around the state in hopes of intimidating Vermonters into supporting their radical “green” agenda. This was the opening primal scream in what promises to be an […]

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