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STATE HOUSE HEADLINERS 7/10

By Guy Page July 10, 2019 – Vermont’s energy leaders often warn about the dangers of climate-change related extreme weather. But the solutions they propose won’t keep people or property safer when the next Climate storm, flood or blizzard hits. Most Vermont state government policies, plans, legislation and spending address carbon emission reduction. Comparatively little Read More…

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Phil Scott Calls Vermonters Irredeemably Racist

By John Klar In a June 21 press release, Vermont governor Phil Scott announced his decision to hire Xusana Davis, a thirty-year-old from New York City, as “the state’s first executive director of racial disparity.” Ms. Davis has been commissioned “to identify and address systemic racial disparities and support the state’s efforts to expand and Read More…

Health

The Role of Vermont’s Recovery Coaches

As Vermont attempts to reckon with the national scourge of opioid addiction, it is evident that key areas include prevention and recovery. (As emphasized by Governor Scott’s Opioid Coordination Council). There is growing need for “recovery coaches” — people who do not counsel or treat the drug-dependent, but serve to support those in recovery as Read More…

Tax Land

The Authoritarian/Totalitarian Plastic Bag Ban

By Rob Roper Activists and politicians around Vermont are preening with pride about having passed the nation’s broadest ban on plastic bags and plastic products, with a promise (in the form of a study committee) of more to come. As citizens of an ostensibly free society founded upon the principle of limited government, this is Read More…

Business & Economics Property Rights

Supreme Court Enforces Citizens’ Rights Over Trump AG’s Argument

John McClaughry On June 21 the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion on a case with enormous consequences for landowners facing takings of their property by government. In doing so the conservative majority overrode both the liberal Justices and the Trump Administration. Rose Mary Knick’s Pennsylvania property included a small private cemetery, allegedly the last Read More…

Op-Ed

Why Protest?

                I am appalled at all the reasons folks find to protest about something.  It seems to be the ‘thing to do.’  Do we not have something better to do with our time?  Where is all the anger and angst coming from?  Can we be productive and not destructive with our time and energy?                 Read More…

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Statehouse Headliners 6/26

Hiring drug/alcohol-free drivers gets harder with passage of Act 32, “expungement” law By Guy Page It makes you wonder – did the employer of the pickup truck driver who killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire last weekend know about his history of drug and alcohol abuse? And that question makes you wonder some more – Read More…

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Statehouse Headliners 6/25

Vermont’s health insurance regulator announced yesterday that insurers may not deny coverage for gender-change procedures based on the age of the patient alone. By Guy Page June 25, 2019 – Vermont health care insurers can’t deny sex-change surgery based solely on the patient’s age, the State of Vermont announced Monday June 24. Gov. Phil Scott Read More…

Education

VSBA Meeting March 2019 (video)

Vermont School Boards Association meeting March 2019. Providing information on the adoption of Act 46. As of July 2019, the following schools are closing or restructuring due to Act 46. Holland – June 2019 NCS Underhill – June 2019? Chittenden East Reading- Removed 5th /6th grade and cut principal and teacher positions. As of Sept Read More…

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Global warming fanatics hijack Vermont tax-funded parade, government approves

By John Klar On June 8, Brattleboro, Vermont hosted its annual celebration of local agriculture, the “Strolling of the Heifers” Parade.  But this year, a small group of climate change protesters obstructed the parade for about fifteen minutes, refusing to disperse.  Two of the youngsters were carried off the roadway on backboards by authorities.  No arrests were made. Read More…

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Vermont governor signs unrestricted abortion into law

Law grants special rights to abortion providers, opponents say Despite an estimated 700 Vermonters opposing H57, the unrestricted abortion law, at a February public hearing, the Vermont Legislature passed it; Monday, June 10, Gov. Phil Scott signed it into law. Gov. Scott also vetoed S169, a gun control bill that would have required a 24-hour Read More…