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Re: “Will Vermont Leaders Wage War Over Labor?

Vermont Chamber of Commerce president Betsy Bishop says "We need 11,000 more workers to grow the economy". Raising the minimum wage is the way to overcome the shortage of workers. As I am sure Ms. Bishop understands, this is free market economics at its most basic. Raise the price and the supply goes up while demand declines.

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Posted by Peter Galbraith on 01/19/2017 at 3:41 AM

Re: “Will Vermont Leaders Wage War Over Labor?

"Mitzi told me, 'I need a beefed-up labor presence on Commerce,'" - Seriously? Johnson is not known for giving a damn about labor. Don't fool yourselves. She is one who voted for every program under the sun and then turned around and attacked the labor force that actually had to implement those programs. She is no friend to labor.

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Posted by Roy on 01/18/2017 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Will Vermont Leaders Wage War Over Labor?

Scott sounds like Trump in merging the Agency that promotes business interests with the agency charged with protecting workers rights. Are you sure he didn't tweet his announcement?

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Posted by JoRoVT on 01/18/2017 at 1:37 PM

Re: “If at First You Don't Secede: Trump Could Revitalize Vermont Movement

Secession? Please, spare me the ridiculous drama. Our state is in sorry shape. Our legislators have some real work to do.

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Posted by saysme on 01/17/2017 at 9:30 PM

Re: “If at First You Don't Secede: Trump Could Revitalize Vermont Movement

With all due respect Naylor, Williams, et. Al. Are a little late to the party. In 1984, April 1st, I, along with a colleague, introduced a Resolution on the House floor that declared Vermont would secede from the union. Then Speaker, Ralph Wright, somewhat perplexed by the resolution, sent it off to Judiciary where it died a likely death. By lunchtime we had about 70 members approach us about signing onto the resolution. I suggested that they go back and re-read it...then look at the date.

It's a fun idea to talk about but it's not going anywhere....is it?

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Posted by bobstannard on 01/17/2017 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Afford-Ability: Can Gov. Phil Scott Deliver a Bigger Slice of the Pie?

"Efficiencies and studios now cost more per month than a two bedroom did in 2012, and that's outrageous. It is pure profit-taking by the city's landlords with precious little improvement in the housing."

You apparently skipped Economics 101. It's about supply and demand. Costs and rents for housing in Burlington are outrageous because more people want to live there and there hasn't been any new housing construction in Burlington in decades. And yet you and your anti-everything friends whine every time Mayor Weinberger tries to add more desperately-needed housing units to the city, or when a developer wants to build housing units on a piece of private -- yes, PRIVATE -- land behind the former Burlington College.

You don't solve the supply and demand housing problem with rent control. You do it by adding housing units to the city across the entire income spectrum: luxury, medium, and low-income. And in Burlington that means going up, as in taller buildings.

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 01/15/2017 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Afford-Ability: Can Gov. Phil Scott Deliver a Bigger Slice of the Pie?

The article assures us that "Despite all the ink spilled over the state's supposedly high tax burden, Vermont's effective tax rate is roughly average" according to a study by a left-leaning think tank, setting us up to agree with Senate President Ashe later intimating that we should solve poverty in Vermont by a tax-based transfer of wealth from those who have to those who don't. I think most Vermonters would rather their politicians figure out how to get them a good job rather than a handout. And most peoples experience living in Vermont tells them that taxes are NOT average. The personal finance website Wallethub calculates that Vermont ties Maine in having the 3rd highest taxes in the nation when you measure taxes as a percentage of total personal income in the state (wallethub.com/edu/states-with-highest-lowest-tax-burden/20494/)

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Posted by Neo on 01/14/2017 at 8:56 PM

Re: “If at First You Don't Secede: Trump Could Revitalize Vermont Movement

A tempting fantasy considering the current direction of the federal government. Reality hits when you consider that Vermont receives from the Federal government an amount equivalent to 33.6% of the general fund revenues (taxfoundation.org). Oh, but we get to keep the taxes that we pay to the Feds so we're better off? Not quite. Vermont receives $2.05 in Federal spending for every $1.00 paid in federal taxes (mises.org).

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Posted by Neo on 01/14/2017 at 6:49 PM

Re: “If at First You Don't Secede: Trump Could Revitalize Vermont Movement

The economy of Vermont would completely collapse without the massive amount of federal funds that prop up our fine state. Moreover, secession is contrary to what democracy stands for. I for one am so tired of the polarity of both the Bernie party and the Trump party...they both have valid points to make, but are horrifically misguided with their incessant finger pointing and unwillingness to compromise. Don't let these two polarizing fools divide us, take the best ideas from both sides, discard the worst, and have the courage to compromise.

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Posted by Russell Beste on 01/14/2017 at 5:36 PM

Re: “If at First You Don't Secede: Trump Could Revitalize Vermont Movement

The logistics of Vermont seceding would not be simple.
My farm in Vermont has one of its hay fields partially in New York. We often hay with our neighbor who lives on the New York side of the line.
If Vermont were independent would I need a passport to hay my field? Would someone check my tedder in and out every time it crossed the border? Would my neighbor need a passport to bring his equipment through the break in the hedgerow into my fields?
I am not the only land owner in this situation.

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Posted by Jane Griswold Radocchia on 01/14/2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Afford-Ability: Can Gov. Phil Scott Deliver a Bigger Slice of the Pie?

I agree that the minimum wage has to be increased, and Phil Scott is naive if he doesn't understand that higher wages give the state more tax money. The main problem with increasing the minimum wage is that rents in Chittenden County will continue to grow out of control. Efficiencies and studios now cost more per month than a two bedroom did in 2012, and that's outrageous. It is pure profit-taking by the city's landlords with precious little improvement in the housing. All of the new housing being built will cost at least the current going rate. The elderly and disabled will be driven out of a place they have called home for decades.

I don't see either Phil Scott or Miro Weinberger talk about this issue when they moan about affordability in Vermont. If prices aren't rolled back or truly affordable housing created, the character of this city will be changed forever.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 01/13/2017 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Afford-Ability: Can Gov. Phil Scott Deliver a Bigger Slice of the Pie?

Really good article. It does a good job of going beyond talking points and buzz words. It provides good data and asks hard questions. This is the kind of journalism I appreciate the most. Thanks.

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Posted by Tom Bisson on 01/13/2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “If at First You Don't Secede: Trump Could Revitalize Vermont Movement

A decade ago SVR imploded over its cultivated ties to extreme right wing organizations and individuals. It set any public discussion about secession back years.

Here is an op-ed that addressed these issues of the day:
https://libcom.org/library/vermont-secession-democracy-extreme-right

In 2017, if 2VR is to gain any popular support it needs to not only stay away from the far right, it also needs to be an active participant in combating right wing extremism. In addition it needs to stake out firm positions on social/economic issues such as how we will provide healthcare to all Vermonters. If it does not articulate a platform that is relevant to working people, it will go nowhere.

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Posted by Phil Labatte on 01/12/2017 at 10:20 AM

Re: “If at First You Don't Secede: Trump Could Revitalize Vermont Movement

How would the progressives survive without all the federal funds to prop up their lack of fiscal responsibility?
I agree with Roy, the kooks are out in force.

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 01/12/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Afford-Ability: Can Gov. Phil Scott Deliver a Bigger Slice of the Pie?

So, if Vermont doesn't have an affordability problem, why do my spouse and I struggle from paycheck to paycheck when we have a combined income of over 100k? We live in a house that we paid less than 200k for, we drive a used VW, we don't go out much or have any expensive hobbies and, in anticipation of retirement, we have gotten rid of our credit cards and paid off most of our debt. I'm not a big fan of Gov Scott but hope that he can accomplish his goals with respect to making Vermont more affordable. A point that I hope he will take into consideration is that the state continues to push for more and more services for children and young people but completely ignores the needs of senior citizens. The state population is rapidly aging and most seniors in the state are having a tough time making ends meet and are forced to continue working well into old age. It's time that we put some of the zeal shown in "helping the children" into coming up with policies that help secure the future of Vermont's senior citizens!

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Posted by Roy on 01/12/2017 at 6:37 AM

Re: “If at First You Don't Secede: Trump Could Revitalize Vermont Movement

The kooks are coming out of the woodwork on both ends of the political spectrum!

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Posted by Roy on 01/12/2017 at 6:03 AM

Re: “Afford-Ability: Can Gov. Phil Scott Deliver a Bigger Slice of the Pie?

""Most of his career, Gov. Scott has had the luxury of taking vague positions," says Conor Casey, executive director of the Vermont Democratic Party."

As opposed to the just plain dishonest ones, and daily-changing ones, that his Democratic predecessor took?

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Posted by knowyourassumptions on 01/11/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Doyle's Departing the Statehouse, but His Disciples Are Stepping Up

quote: he learned on those 35-minute trips from Johnson to Montpelier . . .
its not 35 minutes from Johnson to MontP -- its 35 miles and mapquest says it takes 50 minutes - which seems about right - where is the editor on this? where is the reporter who lives in the state doesnt she proof this?
Much more important . . .& what is not right is BD asking his students for a favor - on the first day of class. I guess it would be one thing if a student lived in Mont P, but since none did and in fact the one who offered lived in the opposite direction, it's really appalling he is asking for and accepting favors from his students -students who he will presumably be grading in the near future. it's wrong and I suspect unless you are some entrenched fossil (he started at Johnson in 1958?!) you'd be in hot water for asking a favor from a student in your class. it says a lot about him that he thinks this is OK. why isn't TH even bothering to note this? it's like a boss asking a favor of an employee. he has power and to ask for a favor when you have power is not the same as asking for a favor when there is no power dynamic - and then to get a ride home, an almost hour drive, every week?! And the reporter didn't bat an eye?

Posted by tapplinx on 01/04/2017 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Shumlin Talks, Reluctantly, About Governing Without a 'Fear Gene'

"He's a forward, not backward looker".
Too bad he can't see the wreckage he will leave for Phil Scott. Shumlin was a failure in every sense of the word. No ethics for sure.

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Posted by Walter Moses on 12/27/2016 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Shumlin Talks, Reluctantly, About Governing Without a 'Fear Gene'

Shumlin claimed he was trying to help Dodge, who was about to lose his home.. I call FALSE..the only thing he was trying to do is help himself..It was a down and rotten thing to do to Jeremy, plus have the town clerk to do things fast and quiet..VERY SNEAKY.. Then to cheat on his wife..that was low too..Do let the door hit you in the butt on the way out..sneaky boy..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 12/27/2016 at 5:05 AM

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