Vermont’s seemingly unrestrained spending during the COVID pandemic reveals the unsustainable fantasy world in which the current ultra-Progressive Legislature has taken lodging. Throttling up spending and debt ultimately hurts the very people who are supposedly the object of government relief.
The Vermont Department of Labor disabled its online unemployment insurance initial claim application in response to a sharp increase in fraudulent claims being filed. Upon review of the claims being submitted, more than 90% of initial claims were being flagged as fraudulent.
Republican lawmakers pushed back Wednesday after the White House unveiled a new $1.8 trillion spending plan that includes free college tuition provisions and up to 12 weeks of paid family leave.
The same government that seeks to mandate electric school buses to avert climate change dispatched a fleet of diesel-fueled school buses to deliver lunches! Was that in the best interests of children?
I here propose a bold plan, which I will call the “Vermont Pension Funding Action Plan.” The plan would create a state task force to combat fraud and waste, replete with a confidential phone line for reporting.
The small business relief Paycheck Protection Program was inefficient and didn’t actually save many small business jobs compared to other programs, economists said.
The new rules package for the 117th Congress grants a sweeping new exemption from deficit controls for two favored types of spending: countering the coronavirus and — wait for it — programs to combat climate change.
At least three-quarters of the businesses taking government employment incentive money to stay in Vermont would not have left the state regardless, a study by Vermont Auditor Doug Hoffer concludes.
Congress is considering proposals for another coronavirus relief bill on top of the $4.1 trillion in aid already authorized. Politicians on both sides of the aisle are lobbying to include another round of checks to most Americans. Renewing these so-called “stimulus checks” would be a mistake.
At best, what we have now is an “interim whitewash,” or at worst, a cover-up to protect the state from litigation and outright incompetence and negligence.
A study in The Lancet medical journal found that full lockdowns, border closures and high rates of coronavirus testing are not associated with a statistically significant reduction in the total number of critical cases or the virus’s overall mortality rate.
Williams called the gown a garbage bag because it didn’t even have holes for arms to go through. Williams said other examples include receiving brittle masks that broke easily or receiving a shipment of thousands of extra small gloves that were useless for many adult staff.