Report: Vermont uses ‘budget shenanigans’ to hide $2.6 billion in liabilities

By   /  September 5, 2014  /  News, Pensions, State Budgets, Transparency, unions, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Truth in Accounting

Vermont’s legislative bean counters are engaged in highly misleading accounting practices, especially when it comes to what the state owes on employee pensions and health benefits.

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Common Core optional but embraced by some VT independent schools

By   /  September 3, 2014  /  Education, Issues, News, School Choice, Vermont  /  No Comments


Heads of Vermont’s independent schools say federally mandated Common Core tests are optional, but that hasn’t stopped one head of school from going full speed ahead into the new, new math.

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Nanny of the Week: Vermont city could ban ‘human activity’

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Issues, National, News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

I CANOE, CAN YOU? You can, at least in Montpeiler's Berlin Lake, despite the concerns of some environmental activists.

Maybe they should just clear all the people out and turn Vermont over to the moose and the bears.

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Vermont water activists, politicians call for ban on recreation, ‘human activity’

By   /  August 18, 2014  /  News, Vermont  /  No Comments

NO MORE RECREATION!: Water activists gathered at the Vermont statehouse to denounce "human activity" at Montpelier's Berlin Pond.

In response to an agency ruling that allows kayaking and swimming at Berlin Pond, water activists and elected officials gathered Saturday to call for a ban on “human activity” viewed as a threat to Montpelier’s water supply.

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Gov. Shumlin’s budget cuts approved — but will they last?

By   /  August 14, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, News, State Budgets, Vermont  /  No Comments

LESS INCREASED SPENDING:  Finance and Management Commissioner Jim Reardon praised the Joint Fiscal Committee for approving Gov. Peter Shumlin's budget rescission plan.

A legislative committee on Wednesday approved most of the Shumlin administration’s proposed $31 million in cuts to the annual budget, but lawmakers suggested the cuts may be temporary.

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Minnesota diner demonstates the cost of higher minimum wage

By   /  August 13, 2014  /  Podcasts, Uncategorized, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

MID-DAY AT THE OASIS: The Oasis Cafe is about as nondescript as any other small diner in middle America - you'd drive right past it if you weren't looking for it.  But it's been at the latest epicenter in the national political fight over the minimum wage.

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog Radio
The owner of a Minnesota diner has angered progressives and other advocates for a higher minimum wage by attaching a 35-cent fee to patrons’ checks. It seems that people who want a higher minimum wage do not like being confronted with the actual cost of the policy – they’d prefer [...]

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