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June 30th, 2014
Inevitably, violating principles of sustainable spending has both fiscal and political consequences. At its core, sustainable spending requires that growth in government spending reasonably equate to growth in the underlying economy supporting such spending, especially in relatively high tax states like Vermont. In recent years, our state leaders have wandered from these core principles and the consequences, both fiscal and soon political, are now unfolding.
What’s the biggest state tax Vermonters already pay? It’s not property, income or sales tax. It’s a 15 percent health care tax that Vermont businesses and individuals are paying today. And many don’t even know they are paying it.
What kind of project qualifies for a “certificate of public good”?
A project that provides a boost to the local economy could enhance “the public good,” if it created new jobs, particularly in a low-employment area. A project that provides infrastructure that enhances the functioning of the community in some way, such as a highway that improves the traffic flow.
Sunday, June 8, was a gardener’s paradise. Coming on the heels of a long cool spring, the weather felt deliciously warm and sunny and the perfect afternoon for the annual Middlebury Garden Tour, run as a benefit for the Sheldon Museum.
MORE THAN 80 classic MG automobiles from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s roared and rumbled their way into Middlebury last week for a New England MG T Register club gathering. Check out the story here.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday made final their decision to adopt a $2,087,959 city budget that means a 9-cent increase in the municipal tax rate, of which 7 cents will pay for the new Vergennes police station.
The new rate aldermen adopted on Tuesday to solely fund city services, not schools, is 72.5 cents, up from the current 63.5-cent rate.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Gas Systems announced Tuesday that it has secured all the permits it needs for Phase I of the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project, but the company has little more than half of the land easements it needs to complete the project.
The South Burlington company had been waiting on permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and had already secured all necessary state permits.
MIDDLEBURY — Manu Feiber has been making regular visits to Middlebury from his home in Germany every summer since he was an exchange student here in 2003 and 2004. When he made the trans-Atlantic visit this month it was a little different than usual.
This time, Feiber brought with him 50 members of the prestigious Stuttgart Hymnus Boys’ Choir.