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Jay Eshelman 
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Re: “Walters: Vermont Likely to See Short-Term Revenue Boost

How about eliminating the $10,000 bribe enticing out-of-state workers to move to Vermont.

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Posted by Jay Eshelman on 07/31/2018 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Head of the Class: Did Lawmakers Politicize Vermont’s Education Chief?

Re: The difference between education and nearly every other governmental service - education already has a governance structure made up of local school boards.

Are we to ignore the fact that Act 46 consolidation significantly decreases the number of school boards in the State by force, putting more power in the hands of the State Board of Education and the few large enrollment districts it controls?

What other government service is that monolithic, ubiquitous and restrictive?

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Posted by Jay Eshelman on 06/06/2018 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Vermont's School Merger Plan Gets Mixed Reviews

Re: "Act 46 was designed to encourage and, if necessary, force school districts to form larger, more efficient units."

This statement accurately desribes the oxymoronic and deleterious nature of a public school monopoly.

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Posted by Jay Eshelman on 06/06/2018 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Can China Help Fill — and Fund — Vermont's Public Schools?

Why would China send students to a school system that can only teach half its own students to meet minumum grade level standards?

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Posted by Jay Eshelman on 03/29/2018 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Vermont House Approves $5.8 Billion Budget With Broad Support

"The figure represents a 1.1 percent increase over last year's budget. "

Only a 1.1% increase over last year? Not bad.

Or is this more statisical bias? Never mind that this budget represents spending equivalent to $9,300 per person for just one year, or $37,200 per year for a family of four.

$5.8 Billion/623,657. Do the math. Then ask yourself if you think you're receiving public services anywhere near equivalent to to this spending.

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Posted by Jay Eshelman on 03/25/2018 at 7:55 AM

Re: “Heady Times: Eli Harrington Champions Pot in Vermont

Re: A 2015 study by the Rand Corporation estimated an annual state tax revenue haul of more than $50 million, a figure Harrington hopes the governor and legislature carefully consider.

Having lost a 21 year old nephew in Colorado to drugs this year, I've been, and continue to be, a bit more skeptical of this notion than Mr. Harrington.

First of all, the above assessment is a 'pipe dream' given the ease with which cannabis can be grown. It literally grows like a weed. Nothing like 'brewing beer', as Lt. Governor Zuckerman compared in a recent VPR interview.

Of course, if the state really wants to skim revenues from this drug market, it will further 'regulate' the home-grown black market. And then, as the state becomes reliant on regulated pot sales, it will begin to increase regulations and require 'dispensaries', much as it regulates the government numbers racket (i.e. the various lotteries) and liquor licenses. Anything for a buck.

If legalization were a truly libertarian sentiment, the legislature would leave the current law as it is. If you want to use pot, grow it at home, keep it at home, use it at home,... and no DUI.

Medical uses, on the other hand, should be no different than current drug laws. As with other pain killers and psychosis managing drugs, let the doctors prescribe it. Of course we can only hope we don't end up with another epidemic similar to the opioid one we now see. But since people can't be addicted to pot (?) - it's only the state and its crony distributors, apparently, who will be addicted to higher doses of administrative revenues and taxes .

After all, "Getting high is the least interesting part of this plant"...as long as its someone else getting high.

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Posted by Jay Eshelman on 02/09/2018 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Stat Spat: Is Vermont Really Losing Six Workers Each Day?

More statistical spaghetti: While unemployment compensation is yet another aspect of economic consideration, to cite it in either way in this discussion as an indicator of things to come is an exercise in futility. The majority of walk-in job applicants to my business, for example, are (I'm making a value judgment here of course) clearly intended to meet the search requirement, not get the job.

And, of course, this says nothing about workman's comp. and social security disability gaming. Several years ago I asked one young fellow standing outside a construction site if he'd be interested in doing some 'maintenance' work. He said he couldn't because he'd lose his disability payments. What's your disability, I asked. Work Anxiety, he said. He said his father had the disability too. I kid you not.

When we consider that people carry personal health insurance, are covered by workman's comp. when employed, and can qualify for S.S. disability coverage - businesses and taxpayers are paying taxes and premiums that cover individuals several times over. Meanwhile, " Growing at the highest rate were taxes on health care, increasing at an average annual rate of 6.9 percent adjusted for inflation (see Figure 9). Page 11 2005-2015 VT Tax Stats

The question is, of course, how do employment stats categorize these folks?

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Posted by Jay Eshelman on 02/08/2018 at 9:46 AM

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