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COVID-19 Pandemic: Federal Government Response. 8. Federal Reserve Bank

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There’s a very thin line between fear and greed. As March 2020 unfolded, the financial markets began to unravel.  Investors of all stripes simply wanted...
Revenue and Expenditures

COVID-19 Pandemic: Federal Government Response. 7. Blundering, Corruption & Political Distraction

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The federal government’s stimulus programs were intended for businesses that truly needed the money to keep afloat.  Unfortunately, many simply saw this support as...

COVID-19: Federal Government Response. 6. CARES Act Tax Cuts: Stimulus or Gravy...

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As Winston Churchill once said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste”. This must have been the attitude of our tax code writers and...

COVID-19 Pandemic: Federal Government Response. 5. Vermont’s Money Haul

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In the previous articles, The Informed Vermonter reviewed the major federal legislation passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In total, this legislation provided...

COVID-19 Pandemic: Federal Government Response. 4. Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic...

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In 2009, Congress and President Obama passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to pump $831 billion into the economy to mitigate the devastating...

COVID-19 Pandemic: 3. Federal Government Response. Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”)

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Around the world, 127 countries require employers to provide paid sick leave for one week or more.  The United States is not one of...

COVID-19 Pandemic: 2. Federal Government Response. The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations...

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    On February 24, 2020, the White House sent congress a request for $2.5 billion to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. In a few short weeks,...

COVID-19 Pandemic: 1.Our Governments’ Response

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  The COVID-19 Pandemic is the greatest public health challenge faced by the United States since the Spanish Flu ravaged the country in multiple waves...
Education

Education: 13: Act 46 Update

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It looks like Act 46 is beginning to have a measurable impact on Vermont’s public education infrastructure.  It’s all beginning to shrink. Each year, the...
Education

Education: 12: Vermont’s Comparative Cost of Education Update

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Each year, The Informed Vermonter provides an update with respect to Vermont’s comparative cost of K-12 education based on information collected by the US...