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July 23rd, 2018

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Guest Opinion: The Property Tax Is What’s Wrong with School Taxes

By Jack Hoffman It was a messy finish to a messy legislative session, but Vermonters can take some comfort that no permanent damage was done to the state education funding system. It’s disappointing that the governor insisted on another year of pretend budgeting—using one-time revenue again to artificially lower property tax rates. But, hey, worse...

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Guest Opinion: Beavers Saved from Lethal Trapping!

By Brenna Galdenzi Last year Protect Our Wildlife (POW) launched a statewide Living With Wildlife campaign to help towns pursue nonlethal methods to address human-wildlife conflicts. In Vermont, countless wild animals, including beavers, foxes, raccoons, and others, are killed under a dangerously vague statute that allows landowners and municipalit...

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Guest Statement by Gordon Bock of Northfields: End The Divisiveness, Conflict, and Strife

Gordon Bock of Northfield, a long-time advocate who has worked to improve Vermont’s criminal-justice system, is running in the state’s August 14th primary to become state representative for the towns of Northfield and Berlin. “I seek to end the divisiveness, conflict and strife that have led the Legislature into gridlock and special sessions,” said...

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Guest Statement by Gordon Bock of Northfields: End The Divisiveness, Conflict, and Strife

Gordon Bock of Northfield, a long-time advocate who has worked to improve Vermont’s criminal-justice system, is running in the state’s August 14th primary to become state representative for the towns of Northfield and Berlin. “I seek to end the divisiveness, conflict and strife that have led the Legislature into gridlock and special sessions,” said...

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Thank You to Community Businesses

Dear Editor, Friends of the Cutler Memorial Library thanks all those local businesses who contributed plants and other garden-related merchandise to our recent Plant and Book Sale: Cate Farm, East Hill Tree Farm, Hannaford’s, Littlewood Farm, Montpelier Agway, Peak Hydroponics, Plainfield Hardware, Price Chopper, Shaw’s, and Walmart. A special “sho...

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A Stronger, More Sustainable Education System

By Adam Greshin, Commissioner of Finance & Management Governor Scott believes we can make our education system the very best in the country, if we have the courage to rethink the current system, which is diverting valuable budget dollars away from kids and increasing the tax burden at an unsustainable rate. The K-12 system was built to educate...

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Abuse of Farm Safety Net Harms Rural America 

By Cora Fox, Center for Rural Affairs Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) makes billions of dollars in payments to farmers across the country. Farmers rely on this money as part of a safety net, which helps them mitigate risks involved with working in agriculture. Congress put in place common sense limits on farm program payments,...

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Governor’s Plan Would Raid the Education Fund

By Jack Hoffman 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 of millions of dollars. Now Gov. Phil Scott has proposed his “Five-Year Education Revitalization,...

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Guest Opinion: Think VT’s Wildlife Policies Are Formed in the Best Interest of Wildlife and the general public? Think Again

By Brenna Galdenzi, President, Protect Our Wildlife Both Governor Phil Scott, and the Fish & Wildlife Commissioner who was appointed by Scott, did not support the ban on coyote killing contests, even though Scott let the bill pass without actively signing it. Killing contests and the year-round​,​ open killing season on coyotes are not based in...

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VOTE FOR VERMONT: Put the Children and the Taxpayers of the State First

Many of the Vote for Vermont shows have focused on high property taxes, quality education and Vermont’s stagnant economy. I recently wrote an op-ed as President of the Board of Directors of Campaign for Vermont and Co-producer/host of Vote for Vermont. The purpose of the Op-ed was to get the Legislature and the Administration to focus on fixing edu...

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