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Eric Davis: Dems' 2016 hopes ride on education bill

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Eric L. Davis



Several legislative committees have been working on bills to change Vermont’s system of K-12 education finance and governance. The package is likely to come up for a vote on the House floor soon. While the final shape of the legislation is yet to be determined, the political consequences of the issue have become clearer in recent weeks.

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Eric Davis: Who will address middle class woes?

Posted on March 4, 2015 |
By Eric L. Davis



The research firm 24/7 Wall Street recently conducted a study of trends in middle-income stagnation and income inequality across all 50 states. The study was based on publicly available data from the Census Bureau, Labor Department and other government agencies. Vermont did not come out well, if you are someone for whom reducing inequality is a valued goal.

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Eric Davis: Vermont needs reliable highway funding

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Eric L. Davis



On most issues, Gov. Shumlin would not see eye-to-eye with Robert Bentley, the conservative Republican governor of Alabama. Yet, last week Govs. Shumlin and Bentley appeared together before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Bentley and Shumlin, speaking on behalf of their colleagues in the National Governors Association, urged Congress to pass a multi-year extension of the federal highway trust fund.

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Eric Davis: Ruling looms on same-sex unions

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By Eric L. Davis



The U.S. Supreme Court announced last week that it will hear cases on same-sex marriage later this year. The cases come from four states — Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee — where state statutory or constitutional prohibitions on same-sex marriage were ruled unconstitutional by lower federal court judges but were then reinstated by a federal appeals court on a 2-to-1 vote.

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Eric Davis: Canadian province offers carbon tax data

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Eric L. Davis



A coalition of Vermont environmental groups recently held a press conference in Montpelier advocating that the Legislature enact a carbon tax in order to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels in Vermont.

The environmentalists were joined by Rep. Tony Klein, D-East Montpelier, the chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, who said that a carbon tax bill would be one of his committee’s high priorities in the upcoming legislative session.

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Eric Davis: Health care decision no surprise

Posted on December 23, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



Gov. Shumlin announced last Wednesday that “it is not the right time” to introduce a single-payer health care system in Vermont. He said he would not propose such a plan to the Legislature in 2015.

A version of a financing plan for single-payer that was leaked to the press earlier this month received a strongly negative reaction, so the governor’s decision to abandon further action is not a surprise.

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Eric Davis: Milne hoping for instant-runoff win

Posted on November 26, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



For the third time in 12 years, Vermont’s Legislature will elect the governor in January, because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote on Election Day. Vermont is the only state in the nation where the Legislature can elect the governor. This provision has been in the Vermont Constitution for over 200 years.

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Eric Davis: Voters sent strong signal to Shumlin

Posted on November 12, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



Only 193,000 of Vermont’s 443,000 registered voters cast ballots in last week’s General Election. The turnout of 43.5 percent is a record low in the modern era of Vermont politics. This low turnout reflects strong dissatisfaction with the choice of candidates for governor.

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Eric Davis: Election a referendum on Shumlin, Democrats

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



Here are some things to look for as Vermont election results are reported next Tuesday night.

Turnout. Off-year turnout in Vermont typically runs between 55 and 60 percent of the registered voters. This year’s turnout is likely to be between 45 and 50 percent, about 10 percent lower than normal.

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Eric Davis: Much depends on Leahy's plans

Posted on October 15, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



With about three weeks remaining until Election Day, most nonpartisan analysts believe that Republican candidates are likely to gain the six or more seats they need to have a majority in the U.S. Senate. How would a Republican majority affect Sen. Patrick Leahy’s decision whether or not to run for an eighth term in 2016?

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