John Klar
Announcements Statehouse

Vt Republican Candidate for Governor

John Klar will announce his Republican candidacy for Vermont Governor at noon on Monday, October 28, at the State House. John seeks the support of true Vermonters (whether born here or not) to pursue an innovative, detailed agenda which will address our state’s most challenging and complex problems, to the benefit of all. Vermont has Read More…

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…

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Statehouse Headliners 5/23

BE IT RESOLVED – the Vermont House and Senate this month honored U.S. Navy flier Commander Robert Eastman of Bennington County (left) who died on natural causes Feb. 2, and the Barre craftspersons who made six monoliths now at the 9/11 Memorial. The Senate also resolved to oppose siting nuclear capable bombers and specifically mentioned Read More…

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Statehouse Headliners 5/22 #2

by Guy Page, Page Communications The House Transportation Bill approved today includes a study for commuter rail between Barre and Montpelier. At present a freight train traverses those tracks twice a day. Senate approval of the conference committee agreement is considered a virtual certainty, making it highly likely that H529 will be sent to Gov. Read More…

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Statehouse Headliners 5/22

Relatively unnoticed, police bias, criminal expungement, contaminant monitoring, broadband, and water cleanup bills approved by Legislature By Guy Page While the $15 minimum wage, paid family leave, and unrestricted abortion bills have received most of the press, other bills have passed House and Senate relatively unnoticed. They will soon become law unless successfully vetoed by Read More…

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Statehouse Headliners 5/21

by Guy Page, Page Communications Big money decisions pending, full Legislature won’t meet until Wednesday May 20, 2019 – The Senate and House chambers at the Vermont State House are empty. Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe and his assistant wander through the cafeteria in clothing better suited for the beach or a day of yard Read More…

Op-Ed Statehouse

Niceties Aside, It’s an Authoritarian Police State

by Rob Roper In a recent commentary featured on Vermont Digger, Steering Clear of the Shoals of Socialism, David Moats urges his fellow leftists to avoid the negative stereotypes of the socialist label by calling their ideology, of all things, “Democratic Capitalism.” Yeah, nice try! He says, “One way for Democrats to protect themselves from the deeply Read More…

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Rep Jim Harrison’s Weekly Update 5/20/19

Not quite finished. The Vermont legislature will need a few more days to finish its work for the 2019 session. Hope for adjournment this past weekend were dashed when a number of controversial issues occupied extended debate time on the House floor and differences between the House and Senate on several key issues were still Read More…

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Commentary: Sneaking In the Seat Belt Mandate

by John McClaughry The Vermont House is, for the seventh time over 37 years, trying to enact a primary seat belt law for over-18 drivers.  Worse yet, this time its backers are trying to slip their cherished bill through where it won’t be noticed. Fortunately, it’s been noticed.  Here in Q&A format is what you 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…

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Vermont vs. Georgia Abortion Law

A Stark Contrast that Will End All Abortions in the USA Someday! By Bob Orleck Georgia’s Republican Governor, Brian Kemp, signed legislation on May 6, 2019 that will take effect in July, banning abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The new law that essentially ends abortion practice in Georgia will help Read More…

Health Statehouse

Abortion Amendment is Too One-Sided

Over the past half century, our society’s views on sexuality have become more and more dissociated from reproduction. And nowhere is that more apparent than in the argument for unrestricted abortion. Recently the Vermont legislature passed not just a law supporting unrestricted abortion but a constitutional amendment as well. The amendment (Proposition 5) reads: “an Read More…