Entrepreneurial success from working lands

by Representative Mike Yantachka Results Based Accountability (RBA) is an assessment method the legislature is using to evaluate the effectiveness of state government programs. Each House committee has been asked to review programs under its jurisdiction based on three questions: How much did we do? How well did we do it? Is anyone better off?… Read More »

Parliamentary procedure and politics

By Rep. Mike Yantachka Act 46 was crafted last year to address the realities of increasing education costs due to declining enrollment and a 130-year-old structure of governance. In many parts of Vermont implementation has been an overwhelming success. But for some it was clear that the cost containment threshold provisions weren’t working as intended.… Read More »

Railway development concerns

Recently, I have listened to the links to the last two Shelburne Select board meetings regarding the Vermont Rail System’s proposed facility. I understand how the preemption issue complicates the issue of this rail project, but while Vermont Rail had its success with preemption of Act 250 back in 2005, my understanding is that if… Read More »

Seeking Accountability

By Rep. Mike Yantachka First, here’s an update on effects of the spending cap or threshold on school budgets in Act 46. Action to address this is progressing in both the House and Senate, although the approaches are different. Whether the spending threshold is increased by 0.9%, as proposed by the House, or whether they… Read More »

Dear Hinesburg residents,

Dear Hinesburg residents, I thought I should let Hinesburg voters know that I do not plan to run for re-election to the Selectboard this coming March. I’ve been honored to serve the community as a member of the board for the past seventeen years, but am ready for a change. I’ve had the good fortune… Read More »

More on the case against fluoride

Paging through my Dec. 21 issue of The Nation, I came across an excellent article about a man I have had the pleasure of talking with twice in my life, Ralph Nader. In this article, he asked two important questions, “Is it wrong to talk about defective cars, diseased meats, corporate cheating? Is it really distasteful that… Read More »

Concerns about fluoride

Ah, the road well-traveled where those who choose it find themselves going along to get along. Travelers on this road tend to ask few questions and are eager to march along a path dictated and endorsed by government and professional organizations.  Absorbing endorsements without questioning their origin or seeking full understanding of health concerns has… Read More »

Legislative Intent of Act 46

The State Board of Education interpretation of Act 46 and the underlying school choice statuses does not allow for all districts in Vermont to comply with Act 46 and retain choice. I believe that the interpretation stifles the ability of local communities to be innovative and creative in complying with Act 46. It was, and… Read More »

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