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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…

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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 Property Rights

Stretch codes’ threaten energy choice

Members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) have shared interests in defeating the electrify-everything movement that continues to advance across the country. Homebuilders, remodelers, homebuyers and homeowners have a common interest in preserving and protecting the right to choose the types of energy used in homes. Attainable housing is dependent Read More…

Property Rights

♪ This Land Ain’t Your Land ♫

Nine proposed constitutional amendments, some of them far reaching, have been introduced in the Vermont Senate. One in particular stands out as a mortal threat to fundamental Vermont principles. That is Proposal 9, with fifteen co-sponsors:  “to provide that the citizens of the State have a right to a clean environment.” This new right would Read More…

Business & Economics Property Rights Statehouse

Saying No To Town Meeting Delay, House OKs New ACT 250

Concern about new Act 250 review for development next to ‘land trust’ property left unaddressed By Guy Page February 28, 2020 – Deciding to not wait after Town Meeting, the House today approved H926, the proposed revision of Act 250, the 50-year-old land use and development law.  The bill passed 88-52 despite no votes by Read More…

Property Rights

Amendment Would Eliminate Private Ownership of Real Estate

PR.9 is a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would essentially and in effect ban the private ownership of real estate in Vermont. It’s short. You can read it all thig (except for Section 3, the effective date, which I cut for some brevity) here: PROPOSAL 9. Sec. 1. PURPOSE This proposal would amend Read More…

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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…

Business & Economics Hot! Property Rights Statehouse

Act 250 Revisions Move Forward

Reading about the Legislature’s ongoing effort to revise Act 250, Vermont’s land use and development law, is both intimidating and important. And that’s a problem. Eyes unused to environmental regulatory language are apt to glaze over after just a few paragraphs discussing “criteria” and “jurisdiction.” And there are a lot of paragraphs. New ideas, testimony Read More…

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The structure of omission is controlling Vermonters

Most Vermonters don’t hear or pay attention to the constant drone of legislation consuming their standard of living anymore, perhaps due in part to a realization that our government never seems to listen anyway. But what if that deafness was merely a result of lawmakers being distracted from their true purpose? For many years this Read More…

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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…