Op-Ed by Scudder Parker — Making the case for a fair, simple income-based school tax

Education of our young people is one of the most important obligations of our democracy. And a funding system that enables school district voters throughout the state to make thoughtful budget decisions is key to fulfilling that obligation in Vermont. After the Vermont Supreme Court’s Brigham decision in 1997, the Legislature made a structural school… Read More »

Op-Ed by Rachel Lee Cummings — Vermont is on the right track with health care reform

Don’t let the current hubbub and steady stream of misinformation from Washington distract you from reality. The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obama Care, is working and will not be done in by the recent tax bill. Medicaid continues to expand, increasing the numbers insured. Tax credits will hold premiums steady for the majority of Americans. Young… Read More »

Limiting portable grants hurts options for low-income students — Julia Tabor

Three thousand eight hundred low-income college-bound Vermonters take part in a grant program administered by the Vermont Student’s Assistance Corporation, drawing from the Vermont Education Fund. These grants currently help subsidize the post-secondary educations of many low-income Vermonters seeking their first bachelor’s degree. To be considered, students must demonstrate financial need. These grants are “portable”… Read More »

Non-hunters need a voice in Vermont wildlife policy — Alana Stevenson Charlotte

The population of moose has drastically declined in Vermont due to winter ticks, brainworm, lungworm, loss of habitat and hunting. Yet the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and Board still support a 2018 moose hunt. For too long the Department and Board (solely made up of hunters and trappers with vested self-interests) have catered to… Read More »