Op-Ed: A course change for public sector unions

In his Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom (1785), Thomas Jefferson famously declared that “to compel a man to furnish contribution of money for the propagation of opinion which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” In that spirit, the … Continued

Op-Ed: Phil Scott is not leading

For the second time, Phil Scott has vetoed the budget passed by the Legislature. The original budget presented to the governor had near unanimous tri-partisan support. I do not believe that the governor is striving for compromise – his opposition … Continued

Op-Ed: $10,000 bribe undercuts Vermont brand

If I held up a cookie and said, I’ll give you five bucks to eat this, what would your initial reaction be? More than likely, either “what’s wrong with it,” or “what’s the catch?” If it were a perfectly good … Continued

Op-Ed: Governor’s plan would raid the Education Fund

Public education – pre-k through 12 – has become a coveted source of revenue in recent years. People look at the $1.7 billion Education Fund and imagine how some efficiencies here, a little school consolidation there, could free up hundreds … Continued

Op-Ed: Poor no more, work first

  What society owes to the poor has been a recurring question in this country since colonial times. The modern (post 1935) consensus has fostered the creation of an ever-growing panoply of government programs promising to lift, push, or draw … Continued

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