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Politically Thinking: Missteps weaken Obama's hand

Posted on May 16, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



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Eric Davis: Congres is weighing e-commerce tax

Posted on May 2, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



In 1992, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not collect sales taxes from businesses that do not have physical locations within state borders. With the explosion of e-commerce since 1992, the National Governors Association claims that more than $20 billion in sales tax revenue is going uncollected each year because of tax-free Internet sales. The U.S. Senate is moving toward passage of legislation that would overturn the 1992 Supreme Court ruling, but whether this bill will actually pass both houses of Congress is very much an open question.

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Eric Davis: Congres is weighing e-commerce tax

Posted on May 2, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



In 1992, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not collect sales taxes from businesses that do not have physical locations within state borders. With the explosion of e-commerce since 1992, the National Governors Association claims that more than $20 billion in sales tax revenue is going uncollected each year because of tax-free Internet sales. The U.S. Senate is moving toward passage of legislation that would overturn the 1992 Supreme Court ruling, but whether this bill will actually pass both houses of Congress is very much an open question.

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Politically Thinking: Vt. Gas decisions made elsewhere

Posted on April 18, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



Letters to the editor, columns, and editorials in recent issues of the Independent have criticized Vermont Gas Systems for trying to obtain approval of the Addison Natural Gas project without allowing sufficient time for public consultation and revising the proposal in response to public concerns. One reason for this criticism may be that although Vermont Gas Systems has the word “Vermont” in its name, the gas company is really a subsidiary of a large Canadian energy complex that is owned by an interlocking network of pension funds and gas producers all across Canada.

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Eric Davis: Sen. Leahy, Justice Ginsburg face big decisions

Posted on April 4, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., recently announced that he would not run for re-election in 2014. Johnson’s announcement could impact the career of Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy over the next two years.

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Eric Davis: In Vermont, only the wealthy are seeing incomes grow

Posted on March 7, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



One of Gov. Shumlin’s talking points in his speeches around the state is that “Vermont’s economy is on the mend.” The governor claims that Vermont has been doing better than most states in recovering from the recession, and that Vermont was the only state in the nation to see actual growth in personal income from 2010 to 2011. While this claim is borne out by the economic data, what the governor does not say is that the income growth in 2011 was concentrated in a small proportion of Vermont households.

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Politically Thinking: Polls shows Vermont not religious

Posted on February 21, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



Last week the Gallup Poll released a study claiming that Vermont was the “least religious” state in the nation. Gallup ranked all the states on a religion index, based on the answers to two yes-or-no questions included with the firm’s regular presidential election tracking polls in 2012. The first question was “Is religion an important part of your daily life?” The second question was “Do you attend religious services every week or almost every week?”

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Politically Thinking: Consolidating school governance can be tricky

Posted on February 7, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



A committee in the seven-town, nine-school Addison Central Supervisory Union is considering whether to propose to the voters that some or all of the ACSU schools be combined into a Regional Education District or RED. The Jeffords Center, a research institute at the University of Vermont, recently completed a report for the Legislature on voluntary school district merger activity, which provides useful information on the experiences of other districts in Vermont.

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Politically Thinking: Will eloquence lead to more equality?

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



The most enduring inaugural addresses in American history — Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy — have all been first inaugurals that marked a change in the political direction of the nation. Only Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural, delivered in March 1865, just a few weeks before the end of the Civil War and the re-elected president’s own assassination, is counted among the great speeches in American history.

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Politically Thinking: State must find way to fund road repairs

Posted on January 10, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



Funding the state’s transportation program is a major issue on the agenda of this year’s legislative session. Since 2000, miles traveled on Vermont’s roads have increased by 13 percent, but annual gasoline and diesel fuel tax revenues are the same today as they were 12 years ago. As Vermonters have replaced gas-guzzlers with more fuel efficient vehicles, the new vehicles use less fuel per mile. Thus, gas and diesel taxes, which are the principal sources of revenue for the state’s Transportation Fund, are not keeping up with the wear and tear on the roads.

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