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Guest editorial: Why would we cut tax credits for job creation?

Posted on August 22, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the tax credit allowed Vermont businesses for research and development was cut from 30 percent to 27 percent of the federal credit. The legislation signaling this reduction was signed into law last month, the same month the state went into a tailspin about the future of IBM and its 4,000 jobs.

Included in the legislation is also the requirement that the state tax department publish the names of all those who avail themselves of the reduced tax credit.

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Editorial: Doug Racine's ouster and the lessons learned

Posted on August 14, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



When the head of a state agency is fired, the reasons for the dismissal should be required reading for other agency heads and potential successors. That is particularly true in the case of ousted Agency of Human Services Secretary Doug Racine.

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Guest Editorial: The 'new normal' or is it Vermont's denial?

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



It’s being called the new normal. Our unemployment rate is near full employment, the economy, while not robust, still trudges forward, real estate prices are edging upward — but the state’s budget is forever in the red.

We can’t seem to get ahead.

The next budget year continues the trend. The Shumlin administration has asked each of its agencies to submit a budget that reflects a 4 percent cut — totaling roughly $31 million.

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Community Forum: Don't just blame farmers for water pollution

Posted on July 28, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



This week's writer is Emerson Lynn, editor of the St. Albans Messenger

Franklin County has long held the distinction of producing more milk than any other county in Vermont, or New England. Dairy farmers have been to Franklin County what the Red Sox are to Boston.

There are easier professions, which explains why the average age of a dairy farmer includes a lot of gray hair, aching backs and not a lot of extended vacations.

And, increasingly, not a lot of sympathy.

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Guest editorial: Healthcare providers have reason to be anxious

Posted on June 16, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



The most powerful word in the English language is the word no. That is particularly true to people and organizations who consistently depend on the word yes to get things done. When they are told no, they have to change what they do, or stop doing it.

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Guest editorial: Make your bed perfectly, and don't ring that bell

Posted on June 8, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



You may never look at an unmade bed the same upon reading the commencement address delivered by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven to University of Texas graduates.

It was part of his forced routine 36 years ago when he left college for basic SEAL training in Coronado, Calif. The beds had to be made perfectly. Every morning. The lesson being that even tough guys make their beds and that if you can’t “get the little things right, you will never do the big things right.”

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Guest editorial: $3.5 billion tidal wave of confusion coming your way

Posted on April 28, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



On Jan. 1, 2017, Vermonters will begin the “transition” away from the property tax to the income tax as a way to pay for our schools. The income sensitivity program that applies to two-thirds of Vermont households will be phased out and the revenue raised for our schools will come from a blend of property tax payments and the income tax.

Shocked?

You’re in good company.

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Guest editorial: Consolidation is a first step

Posted on March 17, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



If nothing is done, Vermont lawmakers will approve a seven-cent increase in the statewide property tax rate, which would be the largest increase ever imposed to fund our schools.

That’s not likely. The governor has promised the increase would be less. The House Ways and Means Committee has already proposed a plan that would cut the increase to five cents.

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Guest editorial: Don't blame school boards for taxes

Posted on February 10, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



If you are a member of a school board, the chances are fair that you would like a moment or two of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s time, just enough to have him understand you don’t spend countless hours tweaking the numbers just to devise a budget that is beyond the taxpayers’ ability to pay.

As if you don’t have enough to do…

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Guest editorial: Legislators should consider options on day care bill

Posted on February 3, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



As Vermont has witnessed with campaign finance reform and Entergy, it’s costly to pursue things legislatively that might not meet judicial muster. The Legislature may be on that same questionable path once again with the proposal to unionize the state’s childcare providers.

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