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Guest editorial: Legislature faces crucial decisions on current use

Posted on February 9, 2015 |
By Jamey Fidel



Among the many issues being debated in Montpelier that could have a lasting impact on Vermont’s environment and economy are possible changes to the Current Use program.

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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: Make economic growth in Vermont a priority

Posted on January 30, 2015 |
By Betsy Bishop



With a projected $100 million budget gap, the governor and lawmakers must grapple with difficult spending and revenue decisions during the 2015 legislative session. In recent years, Vermont has closed its annual budget gap using a combination of one-time funds and unexpected revenue growth. Unfortunately, federal funds have stopped and state revenues are lagging making these strategies unlikely. However, there is another solution: The governor and lawmakers could make economic growth a priority.

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Guest Editorial: Healthy middle class key for U.S., international prosperity

Posted on January 28, 2015 |
By Larry Summers



The most challenging economic issue ahead of us involves a group that will barely be represented at this week’s annual Davos summit: the middle classes of the world’s industrial countries. As the Center for American Progress’s Inclusive Prosperity Commission, which I co-chaired with Ed Balls, the top economic official in Britain’s Labor Party, concludes in a new report, nothing is more important to the success of industrial democracies than sustained increases in wages and living standards for working families.

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Editorial: The proposed tax on sugary beverages hits a sweet spot

Posted on January 26, 2015 |
By Angelo Lynn



As the Legislature and Gov. Peter Shumlin search for the right combination of increased revenue and cuts in programs to make up a $118 million gap in the 2016 budget, a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages should be part of the conversation.

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Editorial: President's speech frames the political debate for 2016

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The brilliance of President Obama’s state of the union speech Tuesday night was that it set the political stage for the presidential election two years from now in terms favorable to Democrats.

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Editorial: Gov. Shumlin's budget sets bold challenges

Posted on January 19, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Gov. Peter Shumlin had little choice in his third-term budget address last Thursday but to propose significant cuts in spending and propose some increases in the state’s revenue stream. The state is facing a $94 million shortfall in fiscal year 2016, and he did what no politician likes to do: propose cuts in spending and tax increases.

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Editorial: Of sacred cows and runoff

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross had to know that the farming community would take issue when the governor proposed in his Inaugural address to make changes to the state’s Current Use tax program that would penalize farmers who pollute waterways. What they also had to suppose was that the majority of Vermonters would not think it was unfair for farmers to be willing to accept a share of the responsibility for cleaning up the state’s waterways, particularly those that run into Lake Champlain.

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Editorial: Are your taxes a problem?

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The liberal Public Assets Institute recently asked all Vermonters a compelling question: Are your school taxes a problem? In seeking public response, one would think they will be flooded by responses from taxpayers who are angry about their high property tax bills.

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Editorial: Criticism — a reflection on us

Posted on January 12, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The commentary in the aftermath of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s third inaugural speech this past Thursday is at once fascinating, nonsensical and maddening — but also enlightening as a mirror of our political culture.

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