At Best, New Education Tax Law is Unfair
05/22/2015 04:16 PM EDT
In addition to pushing up property taxes in many towns, the education reform bill passed in the closing days of the session violates a fundamental principle of fairness in Vermont's education funding system: towns with the same education spending Full Story
Will Memorial Day Kick Off a Strong Summer?
05/22/2015 09:01 AM EDT - Brace yourself for a crowded holiday weekend. This year the kick-off to the summer season will see 37.2 million Americans take to the roads. It will be the strongest volume in travel in over a decade. And the summer is only beginning. Full Story
Profoundly Imperfect Progress?
05/19/2015 12:20 PM EDT - The 2015 Legislative Session is over. I see a pattern in which useful actions are combined with ill-advised or reckless actions. I will hit some highlights here. Feel free to contact me with your email or regular mail address at cbrowning@leg. Full Story
Rob Roper: Bernie Begs The Question
05/18/2015 07:06 PM EDT - Love him or hate him, one has to concede that Bernie Sanders has had a tremendous impact on the political direction of Vermont over the past a quarter century plus. His influence has reverberated throughout the Green Mountains and in our State House. Full Story
The Millennials and Money
05/14/2015 04:55 PM EDT - Recent studies indicate our nation's youth are not investing in the stock markets. That's nothing new. It takes a rare individual under the age of thirty to have the wisdom to invest at a young age. For those who do, their future could be golden. Full Story
Vermont's Education Problem — Still!
05/13/2015 09:35 AM EDT - For most of the many years I've been in Vermont, the education/property tax issue has been front and center — and is still unresolved. The biggest stumbling block seems be "local control" — an ostensibly democratic process with an Full Story
On Towards Adjournment
05/11/2015 09:57 AM EDT - This appears to be the final week of the legislative session for the first part of the 2015/2016 biennium. In this Legislative Notebook I will share a few of the bills we tackled last week and then briefly touch upon what will have been before us Full Story
Progress and Pitfalls in Health Reform
05/05/2015 02:15 PM EDT - The House has passed S.139, An Act Related to Health Care, to govern health reform initiatives for this session. The bill will continue to change as it goes back to the Senate so the final version will likely be different from what is discussed Full Story
Who? Townshend, Springsteen, Daltrey jam at NYC event
NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen called Pete Townshend "the greatest rhythm guitarist of all-time," told a story about attending his first Who concert as a pimply-faced teenager, and joined Townshend and surprise guest Roger Daltrey onstage for a rocking set. Full Story