Business & Economics

Vermont is in Trouble

by Eric LaMontagne Vermont loves to tout its many media accolades, frequently showing up on top-ten lists praising us for our health, happiness, and sustainability. Pull aside the curtains, however, and anyone who is honest with themselves can only come to one conclusion: Vermont is in trouble. Please, bear with me. I realize numbers and Read More…

Business & Economics Rutland County

Study Touts Rutland County Housing Costs

Sargeant Appraisal Service Study Shows County Has Vermont’s Most-Affordable Home Prices as a Percentage of Income RUTLAND, Vt. – Rutland County has Vermont’s lowest home acquisition cost as a percentage of median income. That’s the key finding of a new study by Sargeant Appraisal Service, which says home ownership costs here are dramatically lower than Read More…

Business & Economics Energy

Green Reality: Ripping Off the Poor to Subsidize the Rich

by Rob Roper VPR is doing a terrific series on state programs titled, Did It Work?, going back to see whether or not the promises put forth by government programs actually delivered. So far, they have examined three such programs, none of which met expectations. I wish I could say I was surprised. One story Read More…

Business & Economics Energy

Electric Vehicle Hype

by John McClaughry This is from a True North Reports interview by Lou Varicchio, May 1, 2019 “In an interview with True North, McClaughry said electric vehicles are not well suited for Vermont’s rutted, muddy back roads. He also said New England’s cold winters diminish EV battery capacity by as much as 35 percent, a Read More…

Business & Economics Statehouse

How Dumb Is the Plastic Bag Ban?

by Rob Roper Even dumber than you probably think. Forget the arguments we’ve made regarding the constitutional appropriateness of legislators deciding “paper or plastic” for us citizens in what is ostensibly a free society, and let’s pretend for a moment this is a legitimate exercise of government force. Is it a smart idea? Is it Read More…

Business & Economics Sports & Outdoors Tax Land

We are dying the death of a thousand cuts

An open letter to the Vermont Legislature: There are thousands of Vermonters, and millions more across this country, that are just like me. We are a diverse group, mostly rural, but come from all walks of life, and we are dying the death of a thousand cuts. Vermont legislators don’t understand us, even as they Read More…