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Vermont’s school district consolidation law rewards thinking inside the box

By   /  June 29, 2016  /  Commentary  /  No Comments

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The authors of Act 46 said their goals were educational equity, academic excellence, efficiency and transparency. There’s a serious disconnect between those goals and what Act 46 actually does in Vermont.

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Utah a cautionary tale for municipal broadband

By   /  May 20, 2016  /  Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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By Chris Butler / Tennessee Watchdog A $40 million municipal broadband network in Provo, Utah, iProvo, was designed to lure high-tech companies worth billions. Those companies came to Provo, and the city’s economy is thriving because of it. But these events had nothing to do with municipal broadband, said Brigham Young University economics professor Brennan […]

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House minority leader: Fees bill like taxes, hurts Vermonters

By   /  May 10, 2016  /  News, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

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With the final passage of the fees bill last week, costs will be going up for many Vermonters.

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Advice about school choice: Let it be

By   /  May 9, 2016  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

LOSING CHOICE: School choice has been a great equalizer in Vermont for nearly 150 years, but Act 46 stands to wipe out that tradition, and people need to understand the law before it’s too late.

School choice has been a great equalizer in Vermont for nearly 150 years, but Act 46 stands to wipe out that tradition, and residents need to understand the law before it’s too late.

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Is Google Fiber getting ‘backdoor corporate welfare?’

By   /  April 21, 2016  /  Alabama, News, Technology, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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By Chris Butler / Tennessee Watchdog The people behind Google Fiber and its support groups may lobby for municipal broadband, but they ultimately want it to fail, the president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance says. TPA President David Williams says Google already gets corporate welfare costing taxpayers millions. But it wants to take things a […]

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Vermont to raise more than $20M in new revenue from fees

By   /  March 29, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, News, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

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The House is proposing to raise more than $20 million in new revenue from the fees bill that passed last week on a largely party line vote.

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