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Re: “Freshmen Revolt: Why Did 16 Democrats Break With Their Party?

Why did these people run as democrats? If they really believe that this issue is about fiscal responsibility and cutting taxes, they have been snookered; or perhaps it's just ignorance. If they want teacher's benefits and salaries reduced, then they should change party affiliation to Republican.
They need to understand that the teachers are now into the new health care system in Vermont, and the only negotiating will be how much the teachers contribute from their salary to pay their share of the premium. The health insurance plans were preselected by the School Board majority VEHI.
There has been and will be tax savings, more in some districts, less in others. Those tax savings will accrue to each local district, to be spend or reallocated as their board and community so vote.
These new Republicans, and new Democrats represent the new neoliberal-Vermonters, who have enough income such that they do not receive any income sensitivity, and have to pay their full property tax, as they should.
The property tax is the only tax that rich folks can't finagle out of, and many don't like it. They would be happy to a return to pre-Brigham days, where their paid property tax stayed with them in their town.
Compare some of the new DINO's with the (gold) town they represent.

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Posted by Bud on 05/05/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Walters: Nothing to See Here, Say Senators

Imagine a person applying for public assistance, and not reporting income, because the form didn't have "boxes to check off".
And it seems he gets away with this because he's buds with the Governor, and with the Senate President ProTempore, Tim Ashe.
Shame on Tim Ashe.
Mazza apparently is a bum. It's time for a either an independent prosecutor, or for the Senate to do an investigation.

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Posted by Bud on 03/24/2017 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Walters: Sanders Alums Back Purity Test for Senate Dems

It is past the time for folks to start asking Bernie why he won't talk to Seven Days.

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Posted by Bud on 02/18/2017 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Fear on the Farm: Trump's Immigration Crackdown Threatens Vermont's Dairy Industry

I wonder what the "market hourly price" for someone (legal) to work 12 hour shifts milking cows (or growing/picking vegetables) would be? $50 per hour?

8 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Bud on 02/16/2017 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Morning Read: CNN Interviews Syrian Refugee Family in Rutland

The doctor is "tapped out". I've never heard of a doctor being tapped out.

7 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Bud on 01/27/2017 at 7:58 AM

Re: “In Budget Address, Scott Pitches School Spending Freeze

Seems to me that Scott didn't come up with this stuff, which ignored what was going on currently with 46 etc, and ignoring previous failed efforts to insert "caps" in ed spending. Someone is turning the nice guy into a "nice Trump". Someone gave him this stuff and told him to blast away.
The question is, what Douglas operative is behind all this?

2 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Bud on 01/26/2017 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Tenants Must Vacate Memorial Auditorium by Year’s End

Urban Renewal Revisited, Burlington, VT....Motto = Tear it Down!

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Posted by Bud on 07/25/2016 at 4:59 PM

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