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Guest editorial: Educating a skilled Vt. work force starts early

Posted on July 30, 2015 |
By Emerson Lynn



Some call the process glorified babysitting. And expensive. Some say it is the only means by which the state can break the cycle of poverty that traps low-income students in a closed look, low-wage environment.

The issue is universal pre-K education that, beginning next year, will be required in Vermont’s schools. According to the state department of education, over a third of our schools this fall will be ready to offer services to the three- to five-year-olds targets by the legislation signed into law more than a year ago.

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Guest Editorial: State pushes for better ROI info on higher education

Posted on July 23, 2015 |
By Emerson Lynn



Historically, the Vermont Legislature has used the number of full-time equivalent students to determine how much money to appropriate for the University of Vermont and the Vermont State College system. This enrollment-based funding model has been standard practice here and in most states.

That model is being rethought. As of the first of the year, 30 states have decided to move to a performance-based funding system that pegs at least a portion of the allocation to how well the students do, at what costs, and over what period of time.

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Editorial: Fast-tracked out of $100,000

Posted on July 20, 2015 |
By Emerson Lynn



On May 20, when the governor, House Speaker Shap Smith and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger awarded the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce $100,000 to strengthen economic ties with Quebec, little did they know that “fast-tracking” something would prove so controversial.

That’s what happens when the fast-tracing process also avoids the normal legislative requirements of transparency. Mistakes are made and everyone is put in an awkward position.

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Editorial: Visa program is effective way to create jobs in rural Vt.

Posted on April 23, 2015 |
By Emerson Lynn



There are few things less understood and less intuitive than the EB-5 program that continues to add the growth essential to the prosperity of Jay Peak and the surrounding environs of Franklin and Orleans counties, as well as projects in Addison County and throughout rural Vermont.

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Guest editorial: School consolidation plan less effective if it is voluntary

Posted on April 20, 2015 |
By Emerson Lynn



If the education reform bill passed by the House is what is eventually approved by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor, Vermont will have made some significant progress in the march toward a more efficient, less costly education system. It will also put us in the position of being able to use our resources to improve educational outcomes.

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Guest editorial: Affordability is key to state's future

Posted on March 30, 2015 |
By Emerson Lynn



Franklin and Addison counties were the only counties in Vermont to have more people moving in than moving out from 2013 to 2014, according to U.S. Census information. The rest of Vermont saw a population decline in our domestic population, even the state’s economic engine, Chittenden County.

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Guest Editorial: $200 million for Vt.'s health exchange? What's Plan B?

Posted on March 16, 2015 |
By Emerson Lynn



The cost of the Vermont Health Care exchange recently took another jump. It is now expected to cost $200 million, which is the equivalent of billing every man, woman and child in Vermont $320.

For something that has yet to work.

Vermont’s exchange serves roughly 30,000 people (a fraction of what was intended,) which means the per-person cost is $6,666.

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Guest editorial: Gun control crosses current of Vermont's political tides

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Emerson Lynn



No state is more liberal than Vermont when it comes to its politics. And no state is more conservative than Vermont when it comes to its guns.

Raise my taxes.

Tell me where I can build my home and where I can’t.

Tell me which doctor I can visit.

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Guest editorial: Vt. needs to fix school funding; start by changing governance

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Emerson Lynn



Speaker of the House Shap Smith has spent the past couple of weeks asking Vermonters for their ideas on how the state can reduce property taxes and still maintain a high quality educational system.

He should be careful for what he asks.

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Guest editorial: Lawmakers must act after court's ruling on prison suit

Posted on December 1, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



Michael Carpenter is a Vermont inmate judged as a habitual offender and he was one of the 500 or so prisoners the state sends to out-of-state prisons. Today, he is back in Vermont.

He is back because he won his lawsuit against the state. He contended that his constitutional rights were violated and Washington Superior Court Judge Helen Toor agreed. She ruled he was denied equal protection under the Constitution.

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