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Re: “Walters: Scott, Legislature Still Talking Past Each Other

Everything the Scott administration does is dishonest and in bad faith. Its too bad that Ms. Young has become just another one of his flying monkeys as she used to be trusted and respected on both sides of the aisle. Everyone now understands that she is, along with the rest of the vile people in this administration, just interested in playing extreme right wing partisan politics. Its too bad. After Scummy Shummy people were hoping for better.

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Posted by Roy on 06/21/2018 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Some of Vermont's Highest-Paid Execs Run Nonprofits

Each "executive" (more appropriately known as taxpayer bloodsucker) on this list ought to be tarred and feathered, their bank accounts seized and given to reputable nonprofits that benefit others.

These people are the worst kind of opportunists, taking advantage of taxpayers and a system where the IRS and public agencies are understaffed. The poisoned fruit of a republican agenda that purposefully encourages greed and corruption among the wealthy.

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Posted by Penelope on 06/21/2018 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Some of Vermont's Highest-Paid Execs Run Nonprofits

The conventional justification for ever accelerating executive pay is that one has to pay more for highly talented and visionary managers. The assumption that doing so results in greater value creation in the organization. In the for-profit world, this translates into greater profit over time, in the non-profit world it should translate into a greater achievement of mission.

I'm puzzled why we've still got all the problems we've had before, plus greater economic inequity.

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Posted by tbarden on 06/21/2018 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott, Legislature Still Talking Past Each Other

Mr. Freitag - You said that "Dems do not need to agree with any of Governor Scott's proposals but they should cover the costs of their own mandated programs."

Exactly which programs are you referring to and why are they "Dem" programs?

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 06/21/2018 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott, Legislature Still Talking Past Each Other

"It's an ironic turn of events. Democratic lawmakers are preaching fiscal discipline, while the Republican administration is willing to "risk" future revenue increases..."

It's only ironic if you've been living in another country for the past 3 decades -- or equally bad, followed budget matters only by listening to news reports.

The facts couldn't be clearer. Republican Ronald Reagan campaigned on closing Carter's outrageous deficits (roughly $79 billion when Carter left office) and then ballooned them to roughly $255 billion when his vice president left office 11 years later. Democrat Bill Clinton eliminated the deficit altogether, leaving a surplus of around $125 billion.

Bush 2 turned that into a deficit of $1400 billion, which Democrat Barack Obama reduced to $665 billion at the end of his term. The reduction would have been greater, but Republicans blocked his efforts to raise tax rates for the highest income earners.

The record speaks for itself: Democratic leadership reduces deficits by practicing fiscal discipline, while Republicans consistently preach discipline and practice voodoo economics.

The current Vermont imbroglio reflects precisely the same thing. If it comes as a surprise, or looks ironic, its time to bring your understanding of recent American history into agreement with actual facts, rather than highly successful propaganda.

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Posted by JohnGreenberg on 06/21/2018 at 12:12 PM

Re: “How Vermont’s Nonprofit Sector Became a $6.8 Billion Industry

I wish there was a way to sort out the 'good' nonprofits from the bad. Too many exist mainly to line the pockets of the CEO and his complicit employees. These scammers do little to nothing to advance the public good and exist mainly to line the pockets of the CEO.

Any organization with fewer than 15 employees managed by 3 or 4 executives who earn well into six figures ought to immediately lose its protected status.

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Posted by Penelope on 06/21/2018 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Some of Vermont's Highest-Paid Execs Run Nonprofits

Lovett is a great teacher and I'm sure an extremely competent administrator. As one of his former students, I think he's worth every penny they pay him at SJA.

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Posted by Nate Awrich on 06/21/2018 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Walters: Scott, Legislature Still Talking Past Each Other

A fair compromise would be to move all legislative mandated costs out of the Ed Fund back to the General Fund where they belong leaving the Ed Fund for K-12 education approved by voters at school meetings. No property tax increase would then be needed. Legislative mandated spending would be balanced with existing revenue. Dems do not need to agree with any of Governor Scott's proposals but they should cover the costs of their own mandated programs. The Democratic leadership could then determine how best to use the remaining 20 to 30 million surplus. The Governor pledge to voters is met and Dems. cover spending for the programs for which they are responsible as well as deciding how to use remaining surplus.

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Posted by John Freitag on 06/21/2018 at 8:57 AM

Re: “How Vermont’s Nonprofit Sector Became a $6.8 Billion Industry

Great! Glad they don't need my money! But 'non-profit' ? Hardly.

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Posted by Sandy Kelley on 06/21/2018 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Junior's Italian in Colchester Closes After a Quarter-Century

The surprise is not that it's closing after 25 years, but that it lasted that long in the first place.

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Posted by The Oracle on 06/21/2018 at 8:27 AM

Re: “Junior's Italian in Colchester Closes After a Quarter-Century

Any responsible journalist has to do research before putting something in the press.
Junior's Downtown has nothing to do with Junior's Italian and rest of Salesi's restaurants for five years now.
Thank You for "helping" my business 7days!!!
Amir Jusufagic
owner of Junior's Downtown

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Posted by Amir Jusufagic on 06/21/2018 at 7:54 AM

Re: “Some of Vermont's Highest-Paid Execs Run Nonprofits

How can you forget The Nature Con$ervancy??

TNC is a billion (with a B) dollar business with about 30 executives paid over $300,000, including the CEO ex Goldman Sachs exec Mark Tercek making $822,000 at this "non-profit", See pages 1, & 90 to 93:

http://www.maforests.org/TNC%20form%20990-…

Even worse, the actions of this "Wrong kind of Green" big business sadly indicate they are more interested in "going along to get along" to support such big salaries rather than protecting the environment. See:

http://www.maforests.org/TNC.pdf

They should lose their tax exempt status.

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Posted by Chris M on 06/21/2018 at 7:04 AM

Re: “Walters: Scott, Legislature Still Talking Past Each Other

Isnt there an adult in the room in Montpelier? Its the 21st of June.

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Posted by Thomas Bailey on 06/21/2018 at 6:33 AM

Re: “Some of Vermont's Highest-Paid Execs Run Nonprofits

Some people have no shame....

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Posted by BDE on 06/21/2018 at 3:07 AM

Re: “Entrepreneurship Community Planned for Cambrian Rise

Riiiight.

Because Jane Sanders was in a position of leadership to aid and abet the abuse meted out by those in the employ of the Roman Catholic church in Vermont.

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Posted by RudigerVT on 06/21/2018 at 2:04 AM

Re: “GlobalFoundries Cuts Jobs at Essex Junction Manufacturing Facility

The Economy-Strengthening Strategic Energy eXchange (ESSEX) Plan crafted by business leaders and low-income advocates would lower electricity bills by more than 25%, saving a company like GlobalFoundaries millions in energy costs. Take a look: https://www.energyindependentvt.org/essex/

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Posted by TomHughes on 06/20/2018 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont House Fails to Override Scott's Budget Veto

John Freitag - You recommend shifting certain costs from the Ed Fund to the General Fund. I asked you how you would cover those new GF costs and you said it was up to the legislature. It's easy to say that other people have to decide what's important and what's not (and how to pay for the former), but I was expecting to hear your view of the matter. I'm still waiting.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 06/20/2018 at 7:57 PM

Re: “Junior's Italian in Colchester Closes After a Quarter-Century

I just wanted to include that employee's were given zero notice. If your business were in such dire straits, employees would have known, and a plan would have been in place(like we will close in 1 week or day, etc!) A good business person values their staff! Just saying!

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Posted by Jos Smith on 06/20/2018 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Some of Vermont's Highest-Paid Execs Run Nonprofits

This is sort of willfully stupid reportage. Slow news week much?

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Posted by RudigerVT on 06/20/2018 at 6:31 PM

Re: “Walters: Vermont House Fails to Override Scott's Budget Veto

Donna Boutin said that "We had GE, IBM, some factories"

The implication is that the loss of manufacturing jobs is somehow unique to Vermont or that it's worse here than elsewhere. That is incorrect. Here are the figures for New England: 1990 - 2018.

RI - 58%
MA - 50%
CT - 47%
ME - 46%
VT - 33%
NH - 31%

Facts matter.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 06/20/2018 at 6:16 PM

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