Op-Ed: Setting 2018-19 legislative priorities

We ask a lot of our legislators. They’re part-time, have little staff, often have other jobs, and have to confront hundreds of issues every year. As they head back to work, they’ll be trying to figure out how to tackle … Continued

Op-Ed: Education Fund needs new management

Unlike last year, nobody seems to be panicking over education funding as legislators prepare to return to Montpelier. But that doesn’t mean we should forget about the Education Fund. In fact, now, when the Legislature’s hair is not on fire, … Continued

Op-Ed: Destiny or debatable?

So, another inn in the greater Londonderry area has closed its doors. An all too familiar sight these days. By my count, the area has lost at least eight inns over the past few years. Some remain abandoned, deteriorating properties. … Continued

Op-Ed: The plastic problem is worse than you thought

Since the start of 2018, China is no longer accepting plastic recycling from the United States. While previously the country accepted 70 percent of the U.S.’s plastic exports for recycling, they are now accepting zero percent due to human health … Continued

Op-Ed: Bond downgrade will cost Vermont

On Oct. 23, Moody’s Investors Service announced that it was downgrading Vermont’s general obligation bond rating from Aaa to Aa1, citing demographic concerns along with the state’s unfunded pension obligations. According to Moody’s: “The downgrade of the ratings incorporates an … Continued

Op-Ed: That really scary climate report

On Nov. 23, the U.S Government’s Global Climate Research Program delivered a Congressionally-mandated “National Climate Assessment” report. Grim is too weak an adjective for the terrors that the report describes. Here’s an attempt to summarize the document: The earth is … Continued

Op-Ed: Legislative preview for 2019

The VTDigger headline a day after the elections well captured the enthusiasm of the newly elected legislative majorities: “Democratic supermajority comes with sky-high expectations.” The final House tally was 102 Democrats and Progressives, 43 Republicans, and five independents. The Senate … Continued

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