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The End Of Democracy In Vermont

It’s official: Vermont’s government has been usurped by elitist bureaucrats who have decided that Constitutions, and voting, are annoying impediments to their enlightened oversight. This is not an exaggeration. Bureaucratic agencies have swollen in costs (salaries) and powers in all areas of Vermonters’ lives: farms close, but the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets Read More…

Business & Economics Statehouse

Vermont Woodlands Association Legislative Update – Week 4

WEEK 4: INCLUDED IN THIS UPDATE Medical Monitoring  Chlorpyrifos /Glyphosate  Use Value Appraisal Act   ACT 250 Paid Family Leave  Minimum Wage from the Retail and Grocers Association Bills of Interest MEDICAL MONITORING S-37 An act relating to medical monitoring This bill proposes to hold any person who releases a toxic substance strictly, jointly, and severally liable Read More…

Business & Economics Statehouse Tax Land

Rent Control On Agenda for House Committee

February 3, 2020 – H670, giving cities and towns the power to exercise rent control, will be discussed Friday morning in the House Government Operations Committee of the Vermont House of Representatives. Sponsored by Reps. Curt McCormack (D-Burlington) and Brian Cina (P-Burlington), H670 would add rent hike increases to the list of rental housing powers Read More…

Announcements Business & Economics Statehouse

How Do I Set My Prices?

February 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Free (registration required) Do you know what you should charge for your product or service? We sometimes undersell ourselves or our products and do not always take into account our overhead costs. As a part of your pricing strategy, you also need to research your competitors’ pricing and evaluate Read More…

Sports & Outdoors Statehouse

NRA-ILA: Vermont Gun Control Bills Proposed

Lawmakers in Montpelier didn’t wait long before trying to pass extreme gun control legislation.  One would think that the state doesn’t have any real problems, and legislators can focus on the pet projects of their choosing.  No opioid epidemic or budget issues which need to be addressed.  Just political grandstanding.  Given these real world problems, it seems completely out-of-touch to Read More…

Hot! Op-Ed Tax Land

The Worst Democracy-Shredding Bill in Fifty Years

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 Action Coalition believes Read More…

Op-Ed Statehouse

Sustain The Gun Bill Veto

Last June, Governor Scott vetoed S.169, a bill to impose additional gun restrictions on Vermonters, including a 24 hour waiting period to purchase a handgun. Now, the ball is in the court of the Legislature to decide whether to sustain or override this veto. As the Governor mentioned in his veto message, it’s imperative we Read More…

Statehouse

An Agency of Public Safety?

Committee chair’s bill would place state police, game wardens, sheriffs, Corrections, etc. in one centralized Agency of Public Safety By Guy Page January 30, 2020 – The Vermont Legislature – already seeking a more central role in how Vermonters learn, where they live, how they travel, what they smoke, and how their property may be Read More…

Op-Ed

Hands Are Deadly Weapons

Most have heard the iconic threat (usually by a weakling, or braggart, in a comedy film) that “these hands are registered as deadly weapons.” As Vermont’s legislature moves to impose still more restrictions on firearms, citizens should pause to consider just how out-of-touch (though not at all comedic) are endeavors to take away their freedoms. Read More…

Tax Land Windsor County

Vermont Timber Works rebuilding, but state makes it more expensive

Vermont Timber Works is excited to announce that just 3½ months after a fire devastated the business, the walls and roof are going up on its new facility, located on the existing property at 16 Fairbanks Road in North Springfield. Vermont Timber Works is rebuilding after devastating fire. A team of building professionals including Artisan Read More…

Announcements Energy Hot! Property Rights

Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) Public Meetings

On December 17, 2019, a bipartisan group of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states that make up the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) invited the public to provide feedback on a new draft proposal for a regional program that would establish a cap on global warming pollution from transportation fuels and invest millions annually to achieve additional benefits through reduced emissions, cleaner transportation, healthier Read More…

Statehouse

Birth Control on the Brain

Vermont House ponders apology for eugenics and sterilization, considers increasing access to contraception About 100 years after the heyday of the Vermont eugenics movement led by UVM Professor Henry Perkins (photo above), the Vermont Legislature this week is preparing an official apology to Abenaki, French-Canadians and others forced into sterilization under laws promulgated by previous Read More…

Business & Economics Statehouse

Vermont Woodlands Association Legislative Update – Week 3

WEEK 3: INCLUDED IN THIS UPDATE Governor’s Budget Act 250 Milk Bonding Senate Agriculture Committee Paid Family Leave Minimum Wage GOVERNOR’S BUDGET OVERVIEW Supports FY2021 General Fund total appropriations of $1.702 billion. Funds a suite of economic development initiatives, including investment incentives, a convertible loan program and grants to rural entrepreneurs. Invests in cutting-edge technology Read More…