Gov. Phil Scott would consider expanding sales tax on services, products, but only to reduce the overall burden. Asked about a plan to reduce the percentage of the sales tax but expand the scope of taxable products and services, Scott said: “This isn’t the time to increase taxes on anyone….if the Legislature is talking about reducing the burden, I’m all ears.”
Gun carry ban opponent to senator: “It must be nice to have guards”
A bill sponsored by Sen. Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden) to prohibit carrying guns in some public places lacks support in the Senate Judiciary Committee, committee member Sen. Joe Benning (R-Caledonia) confirmed yesterday.
Writer admits unfair criticism of Benning, Billado
Ms. Billado: There is no need for you to respond to my request for confirmation of certain FB posts. They have been exposed by the full force of John Walters’ Vermont Political Observer, who, like so many others, if not burning Hester Prynne (I mean Ellie Martin) at the stake for witchcraft, are forcing upon her, and those who dare associate with her, the Scarlet Letter R, for Republican.
Patrick Byrne: election fraud investigation failed due to incompetence, not lack of evidence
The following blog post by journalist/entrepreneur/cybergeek Patrick Byrne was posted January 27. It provides the first “insider” look at the president’s election fraud investigation handled (Byrne would say mishandled) by key top aides of President Trump.
Proposal would tax haircuts, private school education – almost everything
The Vermont Tax Structure Commission released its 180 page draft report to the legislature, and one of the major recommendations it makes is to expand Vermont’s 6% sales tax, currently limited to goods and a few singled out services such as ski rentals, to everything but healthcare, and to reduce the overall rate to 3.6%.
Flying elephants aren’t pretty
Friedman is complaining – correctly IMO – that much of what is sold as recession relief is actually socialism for the rich at the expense of everyone else and at great long-term danger to the economy.
Construction jobs down 25% last year, worst in 50 states
“Down 25 percent from the end of 2019, Vermont had the largest drop in construction employment out of all states,” Construction Coverage’s Brian Medina reported.
Health Choice VT urges PCR test caution
There can be large-scale test kit contamination, as both the US and the UK (and several African countries) discovered during the early phase of the pandemic.
21,000 signed up for vaccine on Day One of Phase 2 – despite logjam
21,000 Vermonters signed up Monday for Covid-19 vaccination on the first day of the 75 and over registration. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing.
U.S. House, and Welch, focused on Trump removal
All but two votes cast thus far by Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vermont) on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives have addressed the removal of office and/or impeachment of President Donald Trump, according to a review of the Vermont congressman’s voting record on http://www.clerk.house.gov. In each case he has voted against Trump and with the Democratic majority.