*Challenges within the Vermont Non-profit Sector

To varying degrees, the needs of a society are met by three de facto socio-economic resources: private sector goods and services, government services and not-for-profit organizations.  I say “organized” only… Read More

Where’s the Plan?

There is a “term of art” called the economic development toolbox.” In a “tad da” designed to delight Vermonters weary of plentiful $9.00 per hour jobs, rising fuel and health… Read More

Vermont: State of Freedom

In the 14 years before joining the original colonies in 1791, Vermont was a feisty, independent republic with allegiance only to itself and the motto “Freedom and Unity.” Today it… Read More

Common Sense: Corrections and Farming

While it’s important to find ways to do the work of state more efficiently, we must also seek out new ideas to generate prosperity. Vermonters have good ideas and good… Read More

Vermont is Not What You Think

In the 14 years before joining the original colonies in 1791, Vermont was a feisty, independent republic with allegiance only to itself and the motto “Freedom and Unity.” Today it… Read More

Candidate Debates

I watched one democratic candidate debate. I was impressed with the production values, the awesome lighting, the game show sets and the technological wizardry. Ultimately my wife and I got… Read More

Vermont Business Future

The ideas that business is intrinsically good or bad or can flourish only in a wholly unregulated environment are equally simplistic and dangerous. Business is no different from any other… Read More

Taxation

I am going to talk about everyone’s least favorite subject, not death, the other one. At its best, taxation is how a citizenry funds the services it feels are be… Read More

Minding Our Own Business

The State’s “Please Look at Me” strategy — trying to attract major manufacturing or service employers to Vermont — is under-funded and out of date and, quite frankly, hopeless. Vermont’s… Read More

Posted Land

As John Donne put it 350 years ago, “No man is an island.” To which we might add, “no matter how rich.” A real estate developer named Radcliffe Romeyn Jr.,… Read More

Vermont Business Environment

The ideas that business is intrinsically good or bad or can flourish only in a wholly unregulated environment are equally simplistic and dangerous. Business is no different from any other… Read More

Winter Travel

I have just turned onto I-89 in Waterbury, grateful to finally be leaving route 100. I am almost half way home and the snow is getting worse. It is beautiful… Read More