In this State Headliners, the power grid chief is set to back a carbon tax, and feds approve Vermont Yankee sale.
Here’s something Vermont towns may face if Vermont legalizes “tax and regulate” commercial marijuana: a 1 million square-foot marijuana cultivation and retail complex.
The consultant picked for a Vermont carbon study says a U.S. carbon tax wouldn’t be a job killer with only 480,000 lost jobs. Also, the state may force a zero-emissions hydro dam to close, and Amtrak may leave due to safety concerns.
Do policymakers in Vermont and other states really want to know what happens when marijuana is sold legally and commercially? The U.S. Attorney for Colorado wants them to know.
The state of Vermont’s policy of partial non-cooperation with federal immigration police has already cost Vermont police the use of about $2.3 million in federal heroin-trafficking money. And that figure may climb to almost $2.8 million.
Jane Mayer, co-author with Ronan Farrow of the article about the “second accuser” of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has strong personal and professional ties to Vermont. She also has a journalistic history of combining research with “informed speculation” to reach unproven conclusions.
Just 50 employees receiving a modest, average $10,000 in combined federal benefits would require your company to send the IRS an extra half-million dollars a year.
Thirty-one candidates and several political organizations received political contributions from the Marijuana Policy Project, a pro-legalization organization based in Washington, D.C., during the 2016 general election.
If carbon taxes were popular, candidates for the Vermont Legislature would be publicly telling voters, “Elect me, because I will vote for a carbon tax and my opponent won’t.” Yet the reverse is more often true.
While it is unlikely that any single contribution will influence how a candidate will vote, knowing candidates’ financial supporters can provide insight into their positions on issues.
There will be no marijuana financial windfall for Vermont’s General Fund, youth consumption is up, and police still have no effective roadside test for impairment.