If the higher price of solar panels and the declining Investment Tax Credit undercut the viability of their business plans, expect an urgent appeal for a taxpayer bailout for solar installers, to counter the government tariff bailout of the solar panel makers.
Chairman Walke, joined by three of the other 20 members who sat mute through the first 90 minutes, offered no opening statement, no context, no conditions, no ground rules — only an invitation to the audience of 60 to “tell us what you want us to consider.”
Young Americans may not think politics has become insane, because they have never known what it used to be like.
As reported by Tony Mecia in the Aug. 21 Weekly Standard, Duarte faces a $2.8 million fine plus a mandated outlay of as much as $13 million in “mitigation credits.” His crime: plowing a vacant 22-acre field to grow wheat without a Corps of Engineers permit.
Democrats and Republicans in Congress are in full combat over the future of Obamacare. Three of the key issues they’re debating are Medicaid expansion, the individual mandate and the Cost Sharing Reduction.
Are Vermonters dumb enough to fall for this costly foolishness all over again?
Coupled with his rejection of a carbon tax and its fallback euphemism “carbon pricing,” it looks like the most Scott will accept from his commission might be tax credits and sales tax exemptions for people who buy pricey electric and hybrid vehicles and some energy efficiency products.
The real battle for the soul of Vermont is over the extent to which the people in control of state government will force their idea of community on people who rarely have much in common.
The smoke has cleared from the legislative battlefield of 2017, and it’s a good time to review the outcome to see who got what — and what lies ahead.