Legislature Pulling a “King George” on Taxes
As a small business owner, I find it both alarming and concerning our legislature is pulling a “King George” and randomly passing taxes to fill its coffers. I understand the purpose of taxing business and personal revenues, but there is a point where logic disappears and political interests take over. I believe the latest effort by our state’s elected officials to levy a whopping 120% tax on Vermont Yankee crosses that line.
Vermont Yankee already pays millions in taxes – money that funds everything from our state’s clean energy initiatives to education. It is a vital part of Windham County’s economic structure and a major contributor to our state’s general fund. But there comes a time when enough is enough.
Vermont will ultimately suffer if it sets this kind of precedent: our larger businesses and industries will fear being targeted by the state government and consider moving their operations to New Hampshire or Massachusetts. We need to balance our pursuit of renewable energy with existing low-cost base load power we receive from Vermont Yankee. The expensive alternatives minus Yankee will only hamper Vermont’s ability to attract new companies to set up shop here.
We cannot afford any more blows to our already struggling economy; it’s time to draw the line in the sand and say “enough is enough”.
Notes and Events
Tuesday May 8: Vermont’s Digital Future Conference. This conference will start at 9:00am and be an all day conference held at Champlain College in Burlington. It costs only $40, which includes all sessions, lunch, and reception. Student rate is $15. Register today at: evermontconference.org.
Saturday July 7 to Friday July 13: Camp Constitution Announces its 2012 Family Camp in Rindge, NH
This year’s camp promises to be its most well attended in the camp’s history. Featured instructors include Dr. Mike Coffman, author Jim Perloff, , motivational speaker and author Earl Wallace, Pastor Garrett Lear, “The Patriot Pastor, “New American” writer and talk show host, Tom Eddlem, author Mrs. Sally Humphries, historian Tom Moor, amd the Rev. Steve Craft.
The camp will hold a number of classes including “America’s Godly Heritage, several regarding the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, Agenda 21 and the U.N., Creation vs. Evolution, The Moral American, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, The Shadows of Power: The Council on Foreign Relations and the American Decline, More Than a Right, and “The 10 Commandments, and Leadership”
In addition to the classes, campers and staff will visit historic Concord, MA, the Louisa May Alcott House, and the Franklin Pierce House, a hike up Mt. Monadnock and a community outreach where campers distribute copies of the U.S. Constitution to people in the neighboring towns.
Recreational opportunities include swimming, volleyball, basketball, wiffleball, an indoor roch climbing wall, and chess tournaments.
For information on the camp please visit our web site www.campconstitution.net or vist us on facebook For a promotional brochure visit our scribe.com page: http://www.scribd.com/doc/61101973/Camp-Constitution-2012-Promotional-Brochure
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