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Politically Thinking: A better answer for teacher strikes?

Posted on October 5, 2017 |
By Eric L. Davis



Public schools in Burlington were closed for four days last month because of a teachers’ strike. South Burlington teachers had announced plans to strike this week, but early Wednesday they were able to agree on a contract with the school board.

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Politically Thinking, Eric L. Davis: Health insurance hikes are unsustainable

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Eric L. Davis



Later this month, the Green Mountain Care Board will announce its decision about Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont’s request to increase premiums by 12.6 percent for about 70,000 Vermonters enrolled in the insurer’s individual plans. The GMCB must balance BCBS’s need to maintain financial solvency with the crisis of affordability in the individual health insurance market in Vermont.

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Eric L. Davis: Economy doesn't match expectations

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Eric L. Davis



On Friday, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis will release its initial estimate of U.S. economic growth in the second quarter of 2017. The consensus among economists is that the April-to-June growth number will come in at somewhere between 2.4 and 2.6 percent. While this would represent a substantial improvement from the 1.4 percent growth in the first three months of the year, it is well below the 3 percent-plus target for GDP growth that is part of the Trump Administration’s economic forecasts.

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Eric L. Davis, Politically Thinking: Passenger rail proposal a long shot

Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By Eric L. Davis



Vermont entrepreneur David Blittersdorf, the CEO of AllEarth Renewables, recently announced that he was expanding his focus from wind energy and solar power to passenger rail transportation. Blittersdorf has founded a new corporation called AllEarth Rail. It has purchased 12 surplus rail cars, and hopes to operate trains between Burlington and Essex Junction, on the one hand, and St. Albans, Montpelier and perhaps Middlebury, on the other.

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Eric L. Davis: Tax rates rarely force exodus of the rich

Posted on June 29, 2017 |
By Eric L. Davis



Nearly every year, Progressive and some Democratic legislators propose increasing the income tax on the highest-income Vermonters — those whose economic situation has improved the most since the 2008 financial crisis — in order to provide more resources for state programs that serve low- and middle-income Vermonters. 

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Eric L. Davis: Time to regulate and tax marijuana

Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By Eric L. Davis



Vermont’s legislators will devote some time to marijuana policy as the 2017 session winds down, but it is unlikely that they will take any definitive action this year. Some House members appear to support a simple decriminalization bill that would allow individuals to possess a very small amount of marijuana and cultivate a few plants at home for their personal use. Senators continue to favor the approach they voted for last year: a comprehensive scheme to legalize, regulate and tax the distribution and sale of marijuana in Vermont.

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Eric Davis: Supreme Court voting rights ruling looms

Posted on April 20, 2017 |
By Eric L. Davis



Election turnout rates in Vermont are consistently among the highest in the nation. This is due both to the presence of a strong culture of civic participation in Vermont, and to state laws and regulations that facilitate voter participation.

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Eric L. Davis: Counter poor thinking with reason

Posted on March 9, 2017 |
By Eric L. Davis



Last week, protesters at Middlebury College shouted down Charles Murray and prevented him from speaking on his book “Coming Apart,” the plight of the white working class, and the election of Donald Trump. After Murray presented his comments in a video forum with Professor Allison Stanger, a mob, some of whose members were wearing masks to conceal their faces, assaulted Murray and Stanger as they were entering a car. Most of those who shouted down Murray, and perhaps a few of those who attacked Murray and Stanger, were Middlebury College students.

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Eric L. Davis: Gov. Scott's vision must become a budget

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Eric L. Davis



Gov. Phil Scott used his inaugural address last Thursday to sketch out broad themes on which he hopes to concentrate over the next two years. Detailed policy proposals to flesh out these ideas will come later, particularly in the governor’s budget address.

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Eric Davis: Democrats could learn a lot from Sanders

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Eric L. Davis



Here are a few points that illustrate the dilemmas facing the Democratic Party, both here in Vermont and nationally, after last week’s election.

Democrat Sue Minter lost her home town, middle-income Waterbury, to Republican Phil Scott. At the same time, Minter defeated Scott in neighboring Stowe, a town with more affluent voters holding college degrees.

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