Vermont Economy at a Glance

  • FY12 Budget Shortfall: $176 million, or 14%
    • One Family's Share: $1,132
  • Population: 621,760   Unemployment Rate: 6.2%   Poverty Rate: 9.4%
  • Median Household Income: $50,619
  • Potential Public Revenue from tax on natural resource extraction: $1,2 Billion / year
    • One Family's Share: $7,720 yearly
    • Currently collected by corporations tax-free
  • Cumulative Afghan & Iraq War Cost to Vermont:
    • $1,724,493,495 ...Not counting the cost of the illegal war in Libya!
    • One Family's Share: $11,904
Full Documentation on the Cost of War to Vermont families courtesy of
Sep 212010

Samuel Adams Regarding the temporary, borrowed Stimulus money flowing into Vermont, Sam Adams said it all:

Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

Vermont’s Department of Transportation has a huge maintenance backlog.

Get with the backlog. Committing our resources to these makework projects — big mistake. When the stimulus dries up and the jobs go, the backlog will still be here. The temporary asphalt from the new projects will be frost-heaved by the dirt hastily placed beneath it… without even accommodating for drainage.

There are jobs galore in Vermont, if only the Legislature would take command of Vermont’s natural resources, renting them rather than giving them away to Nestle, Entergy, TransCanada, Omya, Coca-cola, Perrier.

Free public transport everywhere, local hydro projects (abandoned with subsidised electricity from Yankee)… whatever the People want. Or if the People wish, the tax revenue, once collected would generate a yearly $7,700 dividend payable to every Vermont family of four.

This only happens when you get involved in your government. Blind trust of a legislator that you just happen to like… goes nowhere. Watch what they do! Go to and key in your zip code, and talk to your legislator. Do this, because the abovementioned corporations have lobbyists taking your legislator out to Lunch & Dinner in Montpelier all session long… those lobbyists cannot be allowed to be the only voice that legislators hear.

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