Statehouse

Two Branches of Government Try to Exempt Themselves From Code of Ethics

Over the past several years, Campaign for Vermont has worked with the legislature and the Ethics Commission to develop a Code of Ethics that would apply to all three branches of Government. As such, S.171 is currently being discussed in Senate Government Operations and is the product of several years of research and debate. But, lately the bill has Read More…

Statehouse

Federal COVID Economic Relief Money to Fund Broadband Expansion in Vermont

Vermont lawmakers plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on broadband internet access expansion, much of it federal Covid relief money. This is part of a decades-long struggle to bring internet access to rural Vermonters.  While the vast majority of Vermonters have broadband internet access, some living in rural areas still do not. This Read More…

Education Health

Governor Won’t Back EUA Mandatory School Vaccines

Governor Phil Scott doesn’t support the vaccines under Emergency Use Authorization for mandatory use in schools.  At today’s press conference, Gov. Scott was asked by Vermont Daily Chronicle: “Is it ever appropriate for a vaccine under Emergency Use Authorization to be considered for mandatory requirement for public school enrollment?” Scott replied: “Not as far as I’m Read More…

Announcements

Please Contact Gov. Phil Scott With Veto Request

After being amended multiple times over the last year-and-a-half, an omnibus anti-gun bill is headed to the desk of Gov. Phil Scott.  S.30, by Sen. Phil Baruth, started out as a “location restriction,” banning firearms in hospitals.  However, the bill has morphed into much more than that, adding multiple layers from the wish list of Read More…

Op-Ed

Critical Race Theory & Opportunity Over Equity

For those Vermonters who are concerned about the inclusion of critical race theory in our public schools , there’s some heartening news from Virginia. That state’s newly elected Republican governor Glenn Youngkin followed through on his winning campaign promise to push back against the coercion of progressive mandates and control of schools. The Wall Street Read More…

Announcements Education Health

OESU Vaccine Mandate Special Meeting

The Orange East Supervisory Union School Board will be holding a Special Meeting via Zoom on February 15th at 6pm. The special meeting is in regards to a vaccine mandate. You can participate in the meeting by visiting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/811345?pwd=M2pJbkd5MVV0WXVEQXp6cjF6cS9SZz09 Meeting ID: 811 3458 6357Passcode: 228695Dial in: +1 929 205 6099 Agenda: I. WelcomeII. Board business Read More…

Announcements Crime and Safety Property Rights

Anti-gun Bill S.30 Is On The Governor’s Desk

As foretold by Gun Owners of Vermont and the Vermont Federation ofSportsmen’s Clubs, S.30 as passed by the Senate was immediately expandedby the House Judiciary to include FOUR NEW ANTI-GUN LAWS! This latest abhorrent, anti-freedom legislation was rammed through theHouse by the Democrat super-majority and their obsession with turningGun-Friendly Vermont into another California or New Read More…

Op-Ed

Dartmouth Republicans Secure Free Speech — by Fleeing Campus

In an ongoing embarrassment for Dartmouth College, the once-venerable institution has repeatedly demonstrated that it is unable – or more likely, ideologically opposed – to allow students the free speech that once breathed air on its “Live Free or Die” campus. The school’s student Republican organization has found the Dartmouth doors increasingly closed to any Read More…

Announcements Education Health

Petition: End Required Masking in Schools

Vermont Stands Up, a mask and vaccine freedom advocacy group, is circulating a petition to end the Vermont Agency of Education guidance for a universal school mask mandate on February 28. The petition reads: “We, the undersigned, are asking our school officials, from Commissioner Dan French and the State Board of Education, to school board members, superintendents, Read More…

Statehouse Tax Land

Roll Call! Senate Approves 5% Increase in State Budget (24-6), 2022

H.679- AN ACT RELATING TO FISCAL YEAR 2022 BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS – KITCHEL AMENDMENT PASSED in the State Senate on February 3, 2022 by a vote of 24-6 Purpose: The underlying bill aligns planned spending from the previous fiscal year with actual spending. This would increase Vermont’s annual budget to $367 million. This is a 5% Read More…

Op-Ed

Burlington Progs Unsafe, Unreasonable

The word “Progressive” used to conjure up positive feelings about the turn of the 19th century and a strong and vibrant America growing and improving in all its internal affairs.  But today Progressives in Vermont have completely destroyed all of the good associations that their party once had.  Progressive used to mean a desire to Read More…

Energy Property Rights Tax Land

A Potentially Deadly Consequence Of The Clean Heat Standard

Many of the businesses that deliver fossil-based heating fuels (oil, propane, natural gas, and kerosene) in Vermont are small, mom & pop operations. Some, as describe by Matt Cota of the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association, are just one person “with a truck and a cell phone.” These companies exist on the margins of financial viability. The Read More…

Crime and Safety Tax Land

Senate Committee Would Expand Right To Sue Police

A bill that would expose police to lawsuits for exercising their duties is scheduled for review Wednesday 9 am in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  S254 would “create a private right of action [power to file suit] against law enforcement officers for violations of Vermont constitutional, statutory, and common law rights. This bill also proposes to waive Read More…

Business & Economics Property Rights

Green lobby targets Act 250 housing loophole

The Senate Natural Resources Committee will continue to review S.234, the Act 250 reform bill, all week this week. Last week, it reviewed the bill’s impacts on the state’s housing shortage, the Campaign for Vermont reports. The Vermont Natural Resources Council voiced concern about forest fragmentation due to subdivisions of housing. Between 2003 and 2009 found Read More…

Energy Op-Ed

“Propane Protection Laws” Will Go Away When Propane Does

An article in VT Digger today trumpets, “Attorney general reminds Vermonters of propane protection laws as snow, cold continue.” In Vermont, propane fuel dealers are required by law to deliver to customers, even if the customer isn’t up to date with paying all their past bills. We don’t let people freeze to death – if you Read More…