EAI Welcomes Three New Board Members

This fall, the Ethan Allen Institute (EAI) welcomed three new members to its Board of Directors. We are excited and grateful that Lawrence Reed, Matthew Strong, and M. Myers Mermel have joined our organization. Each new Board member brings unique and valuable talents, expertise, and perspectives that will support our agenda to expand our impact in Vermont. I am proud to introduce our new Board members below.

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Commentary: Return of the Johnstown Flood

Searching for an arresting metaphor for the approaching legislative session, I found a compelling example, as described by contemporaneous reports.

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Commentary: In Praise of the Uncommon

All of us have heard, perhaps many times, complimentary references to the so-called “common man.” He (or she) is widely regarded as praiseworthy simply because of his sameness, as if being virtually indistinguishable from millions of others is a good thing. I don’t buy it. I prefer to encourage uncommonness.

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Commentary: Deadline almost here for new climate action rules

Vermont’s Global Warming Solutions Act gives statutory authority for rulemaking to the Agency of Natural Resources. The secretary of that agency has until Dec. 1, 2022, to adopt rules to meet the 2025 emissions reductions requirements in the Vermont Climate Action Plan. 

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Election Aftershocks

The smoke has cleared from Vermont election. Popular Republican Governor Phil Scott won a 70% victory over a token Democratic opponent. No other Republican came close to winning a statewide office, although Senator Joe Benning, ran a credible race against former Lt. Gov David Zuckerman, who again put himself into the Number Two slot to make another run against Governor Scott in 2024.

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Commentary: Three Useful Election Law Improvements

With the 2022 election out of the way, it’s a good time to take a serious look at proposals for improving election laws.  Here are three of my longtime favorites.

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Maine's Property Tax Freeze for Seniors

In early August, a law took effect in Maine that will leave many Vermonters thinking “if only...”

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Election Day

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ISO-NE Electricity Reliability Forecast

The Independent System Operator – ISO – manages the New England power grid. One if its greatest concerns is maintaining the reliability of the power grid.

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Biden’s Idea of Our Fiscal Future

Peter Suderman of Reason reports that “in a recent interview with The New York Times, White House economic policy adviser Jared Bernstein said: ‘Our budgets have been heavily fiscally responsible, and they build a very compelling architecture toward critical investments and fiscal responsibility. So it would be a mistake to overtorque in reaction to current events.’"

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