North Archives 07/17/06
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Money from Big Wind By John McClaughry (07/17/06) "Suppose
you wanted to make a bundle in the electric energy business in the little
state of Vermont. How would you go about it? The old-fashioned way would
be to generate electricity at a lower cost than your competitors. But forget
that – too demanding. Here’s another way: get the federal and state governments
to rig the deal in your favor..."
Start Somewhere By Michael Seely (07/14/06) "Unless something
changes pretty soon, Vermonters are going to be left with a good view,
a big bill and a long drive to see their kids. This state we all love for
its pastoral beauty is infected with unrivaled political lunacy."
York Court of Appeals decides on Gay Marriage By Vermont Renewal
(07/17/06) "On July 6th, the New York Court of Appeals, the
Empire State’s version of a supreme court, decided to follow the New York
Constitution, respect its legislature and respect the will of its citizens..."
Great Experiment By Martin Harris (07/17/06)
"Old-timers in Vermont’s Addison County
will recall Pete Horton, “founding father” of the Addison County Chamber
of Commerce. He’s not around here any more, having fled about a decade
ago to Tennessee where temperatures are higher and taxes are lower, but
his legacy lives on...".
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ends fiscal year with expected budget surplus
14, 2006, AP
Vt. -- State government finished its budget year with an expected surplus
of $36 million, although a lot of the excess money already has been claimed….
The biggest reason was the strength in the largest source, the personal
income tax…. The corporate income tax produced strong revenues, too, and
so did the sales tax. [But], much of the excess money has already been
claimed and some of the boost in ongoing revenues also has been earmarked…."
Note: No credit is given in the Vermont press to the Bush Tax cuts, which
are largely responsible for these revenue increases. In fact, there is
much talk by our elected representatives about repealing these tax cuts
at the federal level or canceling them out at the state level. This is
just plain stupid. What’s just plain sad is the fact that no Vermont politicians
are seriously discussing returning this excess revenue to the taxpayers
who earned it, despite the high-tax crisis Vermonters are facing. Montpelier
had this money spent before they even materialized! Vermont in need of
Stop Over Spending (SOS) legislation that would force Montpelier to return
surplus revenue to the taxpayers by law.
at Crossroad takes look at ourselves
16, 2006, Burlington Free Press Editorial
are increasingly talking about changes sweeping the state. You don't have
to look far to see that traditional agriculture is troubled, development
is transforming some communities, young people are moving out and average
folks can't afford to buy a house, heat it and pay taxes on it…. How would
you propose resolving difficult issues, such as energy consumption, the
fading family farm, the fleeing young people, the high cost of housing,
taxes, health care, education?...We open this debate to you….Write to us
with yours -- either as a Letter to the Editor, at a maximum 250 words,
or a My Turn, at about 600 words." Related: Take them up on this
offer at email@example.com!
Lawmakers embark on statewide affordability tour
Peter Hirschfeld Times Argus Staff, July 13, 2006
– Why isn't Vermont affordable any more?... The answer, according to [Senators]
Wendy Wilton and Kevin Mullin, is out-of-control education spending, irresponsible
Medicaid policies, cumbersome permitting processes, a harsh business climate
and soaring property taxes…. The lawmakers are touring the state's cities
and towns this summer and fall to indict the Legislature's "anti-affordability"
policies and propose a "pro-affordability" solution they say can reverse
an ominous fiscal trend…."
- Affordable Vermont Tour event dates
Who’s running the show? Staff shielding senator from scrutiny
DARREN M. ALLEN Vermont Press Bureau, July 16, 2006
71-year-old senator’s public life since announcing his retirement more
than a year ago has been unscripted, and access to Jeffords has been strictly
controlled. Longtime political observers say that his staff has largely
protected him from the media because of an unspecified health problem..."
Congress candidates hold first summer conversation
Wilson Ring, Associated Press Writer - July 16, 2006
were five chairs set up on the stage under the tent…. The chairs reserved
for independent Dennis Morrisseau and Republican Martha Rainville remained
vacant…. "I would lead in Congress by promoting the return to American
leadership and strength, by example and by building and strengthening international
organizations and working with our allies," [Peter] Welch said…. "I think
overall, foreign policy is about demonstrating how freedom and a free society
is the best society, the most prosperous society and there is no nation
like America and it's no accident," [Mark] Shepard said." Related:
candidates agree to forums
calls for inspector general for Congress
Wilson Ring, Associated Press Writer - July 11, 2006
Vt. --Republican U.S. House candidate Martha Rainville called for the creation
of an independent office of public integrity to investigate ethical questions
about members of Congress….Rainville announced the proposal as part of
what she called the second component of her plan to restore honesty, integrity
and accountability to Washington…."
8, Editorial in Caledonian Record
is an election year. All too often, too many people vote for a candidate
or candidates that they think they like, or that claim to be members of
their party, or who are attractive, or any other number of a host of reasons
that are essentially irrelevant. What's relevant is what a candidate supports
or does not support, how he or she answers Yes or No, For or Against questions.
Here are some questions that every one of us should ask every candidate
on the ballot or proposing to be on the ballot…."