Once the IRS releases its 2018 tables that incorporate the changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, most workers will see either larger paychecks, or little change in them.
As the union-backed “Fight for $15” movement has sought to enact mandatory minimum-wage increases in states and localities across the country, tax reform seems to have spurred wage growth using a different approach.
Vermont is a wonderful place to live. But despite everything our state has to offer, ours is one of only three states since 2010 to have actually lost population. What is happening that fewer people want to live in the greatest place there is to live?
The fact is that “profit” is not a four-letter word. Free enterprise is what built the world’s biggest economy, and it is free enterprise that has provided the means for success of individuals and businesses. Burdensome taxation, employer mandates and over-regulation of business stifles business expansion and economic growth.
When we forget that the success of our liberty was based on the rights of the individual, we forfeit our property and freedom to choose, our form of government becomes more collective, and agendas of a few will operate in parallel with it until the individual does not exist.
It is time for Montpelier to give up trying to find new things to do to attract new citizens and start figuring out what it is they are doing that drives people away — and stop.
Far from being in “the shadows,” as we are constantly told, these illegal immigrants are unabashedly out in the open at these demonstrations.
I would urge those in government nonprofits and special interest groups to table what they believe are important issues and focus on how we bring to Vermont the resources state employers desperately need — employees willing to work and live here.
Attracting new businesses to Vermont is a laudable goal, but tax incentives are not the way to do that.