Also worth thinking about, especially if you are a devotee of “environmental justice,” is the provenance of the crucial components of the battery, notably lithium, cobalt, and nickel.
The legislators fashioning this red-hot poker of a policy know just how painful it will be for their constituents. They just don’t care. At least not enough to stop the torture.
It is long past time for policymakers to think outside the box with innovative solutions instead of repeating the same failed policies of the past that got us into this mess.
The “clean heat standard” is an expensive, inefficient recipe for cronyism, corruption and oppressive regulatory overreach that will achieve little more than increasing the cost for the majority of Vermonters to heat our homes.
At the very least, Vermont should give state employees the choice to select a defined contribution plan, rather than being boxed into what the state tells them.
Today’s $5.6-billion-plus unfunded liability will look like chump change if we continue to kick the can down the road.
Could we calm down a minute and get a grip on this subject? Here are eight useful thoughts, and my conclusion.
We Vermonters must rely more heavily on our media to tell us ‘what’s really going on.’ Vermont’s media isn’t perfect, but it represents the path of least resistance for finding the truth.
Something must be done, now that our rate of failure is bad enough to draw federal attention. The status quo is to ignore the needs of Vermont’s disabled students.
It’s almost impossible for a voter to do their homework if they don’t wait until the end of the process to cast their ballot.
The court could, but won‘t, agree with the district court and toss the entire law out as unconstitutional. The court could, but won’t, overturn the five-justice majority of 2012 and sustain the individual mandate as an extension of the commerce power.
But Americans in all 50 states have begun to lose faith that our elections give everyone a fair shot at winning. Vermont’s elections cannot be just "good enough" to pass legal muster.
With the pandemic disruption, there will likely be no sugar daddy to keep alive this system as now organized.
The protest, organized on Facebook, is scheduled to take place Wednesday in Montpelier.