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States Pivot Toward Renewables as Feds Pivot Toward Fossil Fuels

February 8, 2017 | FOCUS

BY FOCUS, a Leonine Business States both red and blue are making efforts to expand clean energy programs despite a noted federal pivot away from renewables and towards fossil fuels and coal, according to a report by Stateline. Recognizing that investing in renewable energy is not only a boon for the environment, but also for […]

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A look at Gov. Phil Scott’s budget proposal

January 26, 2017 | Government Affairs

Governor Phil Scott delivered his much-anticipated Budget Address on Tuesday, presenting his vision for the FY2018 budget. As promised during the campaign, the Scott budget does not raise new taxes or fees and level funds state spending. It does however propose substantial changes to Vermont’s education system. For years, funding for K-12 education has been […]

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A reason to march

January 18, 2017 | Leonine

By Alex MacLean Before leaving the house on Election Day I told my two-year old daughter that by the time she woke up the next day we would have our first female President. That one day she too could be President or anything else she wanted to be. I went to the polls that day […]

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Vermont’s Budget and Revenue Problem

January 12, 2017 | Leonine

By Scott Mackey  Vermont has a budget and revenue problem – one that is simple to explain but difficult to solve. The problem is that our revenue system does not produce enough money to fund the spending we are accustomed to without constant tax increases. It is difficult to solve because Vermont citizens and the […]

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More States Risk Economic Fallout With “Bathroom Bills”

January 10, 2017 | FOCUS

In 2016, North Carolina called a special legislative session for the purpose of enacting a first-in-the-nation “bathroom bill”. The act – the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act – known colloquially as HB 2, contains a provision that limits individuals to using only restrooms and changing facilities that correspond to the sex on their birth […]