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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…

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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…

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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…

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John Klar challenges VTDigger’s 501(c)(3) tax status

VTDigger (Vermont Journalism Trust) is Vermont’s largest media outlet, and benefits from tax-exempt status (and solicits donations as tax deductible) as a qualified Sec. 501(c)(3) organization, stating yearly on its Form 990 that : “THE MISSION OF VERMONT JOURNALISM TRUST AND VTDIGGER IS TO PRODUCE RIGOROUS JOURNALISM THAT EXPLAINS COMPLEX ISSUES, HOLDS THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE Read More…

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John Klar Responds to vtdigger

An article on vtdigger by Grace Ellitson on January 21 was entitled “Halquist calls for Agri-publicans to condemn candidate’s ‘transphobic’ comments.” In response, Agripublican leader John Klar has requested that H Brooke Paige, the author of these facebook posts from his previous run(s) for office, disassociate from the agripublican campaign, and Mr. Paige has complied. 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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UPDATE! Public Gun Hearing Next Wednesday

The Hearing on H.610 was held this morning [January 9, 2020] and only the first four witnesses listed below had time to testify.  Pro-gun rights witnesses are now supposed to be scheduled to testify next Wednesday. [January 15, 2020. Time to be determined] Below is the Agenda that was published for today’s hearing before the House Judiciary Committee: https://legislature.vermont.gov/committee/detail/2020/18 Thursday, Read More…

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Vt Senate Taking Up Veto Overrides: Waiting Period, Medical Monitoring

[Senate] ACTION CALENDAR 1/9/20 UNFINISHED BUSINESS OF TUESDAY, JANUARY 7 ,2020 GOVERNOR VETO S.37. An act relating to medical monitoring. Pending question (to be voted by call of the roll): Shall the bill pass, not withstanding the Governor’s refusal to approve the bill? (Two-thirds of the members present required to override the Governor’s veto.) (For Read More…

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Act 64 Stormwater Runoff/3 Acre Rule Hearing in Rutland

With costs to Rutland County adding up into the tens of millions, the real question is, who is responsible for the price tag? FYIVT is working on that answer. For now, watch the linked video to find out what’s coming to your way. PEG TV recording of the Act 64 Stormwater Runoff/3 Acre Rule Public 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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Mea Culpa III

In confronting directly the question of whether Vermont has higher arrest and incarceration rates for blacks because of fentanyl/heroin trafficking rather than innate racial bias in Vermont’s police and judiciary, I sought to challenge Attorney General TJ Donovan’s campaign rhetoric. I submitted an article (“Collective Guilt in Vermont”) to vtdigger on November 26, 2018. Six 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…

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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…