Here are just some of the problems with the new spending proposal: a $2.75 trillion tax hike would stunt post-pandemic economic recovery, less than 5% of spending goes to roads and bridges, and there’s $400 billion in welfare and health spending and $174 billion in subsidies for electric vehicles.
The state has overpromised and underfunded the pension funds for teachers and state workers for so long that taxpayers now carry a $5.8 billion unfunded liability. Those are promises the state doesn’t have the money to pay for. Now it’s impossible to ignore by even the most obtuse lawmaker.
Recently, the state of California published more than 1,700 Schedule B forms on a public website over a period of many years. The left wants this information so it can organize campaigns to denounce and boycott donors to conservative causes.
We think jail is the appropriate place for someone who kills an elderly couple while texting and driving; or stabs or chops a person to death in broad daylight; or shoots somebody in the face multiple times; or shoots innocent bystanders downtown, or at the mall. Sarah George sees things differently.
Questions were raised about whether the Newport coronavirus outbreak could have been caused by mouth-to-mouth transfers of synthetic narcotics prescribed to prisoners but then used as “currency” with fellow inmates. Media and other biases are evident in the way in which these issues are addressed.
With the “woke” seeping their poisonous politics into every aspect of American culture like a bad smell, it’s sad but not shocking to see Major League Baseball caving to calls to move the All Star Game out of Atlanta to Denver. Here, in a nutshell, is why this is so colossally stupid.
If the problem of “woke capitalism” wasn’t apparent before, the battle over Georgia’s new election integrity law has drawn it out into the open. This issue is being used to seek to persuade Americans to support HR 1, a bill before Congress that would effectively amount to the federal takeover of elections.
What is pitiful about this ongoing policy debate is that it willfully ignores a demonstrably superior path of personal responsibility, informed patient choice, provider competition, price transparency, less third party payment, diminished regulation, liability restraint and outcome accountability.
On Friday the House Speaker pulled her support for the plan in favor of a summer study. The Speaker is pushing to get a bill addressing governance out soon and then asking the study committee to come back with recommendations before the end of the fiscal year.
The awful events of Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol revived talk of the crime of sedition. That crime is defined in the law books as “overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that tends toward incitement of discontent or rebellion against the established order.”
What is the legislature going to pass this year? Now that the dust is settling on the legislature’s crossover deadline, we can say with a little more certainty.
Rep. Scott Campbell, D-St. Johnsbury, is well on his way to his longtime goal of putting sweeping controls and penalties on Vermont’s building contractors and the homeowners they serve.