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We are the Drivers of Health Care Costs

Lisa Ventriss, President of the Vermont Business Roundtable, had this to say recently about health care costs. We agree.


Unless we, the consumers of health care, adapt and change our expectations, the costs in the present health care model are unsustainable. To reduce costs, we must ration care. No one wants to say or endorse it, but it's the truth.


Without rationing, costs will continue spiraling out of control, ObamaCare notwithstanding.


Political Leaders Must Grasp Structural Changes in Our Economy

The following was written by Tom Licata of Vermonters for Economic Health. It has also been published in he Burlington Free press on September 5, 2010.

“What is critical to keep in mind is that this situation is part of a broad, multiyear process driven by national and global realignments. It's a secular phenomenon that needs to be better understood and navigated -- by recognizing its structural dimensions…. Unfortunately, the approach in too many industrial countries [and states such as Vermont] has been to kick the can down the road, seemingly hoping for a series of immaculate economic recoveries.”

Purchasing Renewable Electricity from HydroQuebec is a Good Deal for Vermont

The anouncement this week that Vermont utilities and HydroQuebec have clinched a long term deal for Vermont to purchase electricity is an enormous benefit for our state.

For purposes of encouraging the development of small scale renewable electricity projects, large scale hydro power was not not considered 'renewable' energy. That position is impractical for Vermont which has purchased electricity from our neighbor to the north for decades. The Legislature changed the definition and now this electricity, ~25% of Vermont's needs can be included in our 'renewables' portfolio.

That this electricity was not previosly considered 'renewable' was political nonsense, but now that's behind us and Vermont can be assured of a long term supplier with whom Vermont has excellent relations.

Do Vermont Candidates Understand the Magnitude of Our Fiscal Problems?

The following was written by Tom Licata, founder of Vermonters for Economic Health.


Are any of Vermont’s Gubernatorial candidates – or for that matter, any Vermont candidate running for this coming November’s election - really listening? Do they really understand?
In response to a blistering attack on his own Republican Party, “Four Deformations of the Apocalypse” (NYT op-ed, August 1), David Stockman, former director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan, said this in an August 2 interview with CNBC host Larry Kudlow:

Rutland Pro-Business Coalition President Running for Vermont House of Representatives

The Rutland County Pro-Business Coalition has been an active voice in support of a healthy Vermont economy for several years. They have tried heartily to influence their local legislators to support and enact policies and policy changes that will encourage rather than diminish the capacity of the business community to have a decent chance of success.

Because of their disagreement and frustration with the views and voting records of some local legislators, they are attempting even stronger action by recruiting candidates to run for the Legislature in November.

Specifically, Jim Eckhardt, president of the Coalition and a small business owner in Rutland has announced his candidacy for Rutland-Windsor-1 representative seat which includes the towns of Bridgewater, Killington, Chittenden and Mendon.

Bruce Lisman Speaks to Vermont's Future - Finding Skin

On Thursday, May 13, 2010 Bruce Lisman spoke to a packed conference room at the Ethan Allen Institute's Sheraton Series at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington. Bruce described himself as an unbridled optimist about the future of this country and Vermont. His talk, FINDING SKIN: How Vermont Can Become Its Own Version Of An Economic Powerhouse Without Abandoning Its Values, was enlightening but incomplete.