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COVID-19 Pandemic: 13. Fiscal Impact on the Federal Government

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The Informed Vermonter has long wondered when the country would begin to worry about consistent and unsustainable federal deficits and the resulting mountain of...

COVID-19 Pandemic: 12. Fiscal Impact on Vermont

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The government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, both at the state and federal level, required higher spending and will result in lower revenues.  Basically,...
Commerce & Community Development

COVID-19: 11. Economic Impact on Vermont

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In April, the unemployment rate in Vermont went from 3.1% to 16.5%. Nothing like this has happened since the Great Depression. This article will discuss...

COVID-19 Pandemic: 10. Vermont’s Public Health Impact

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Vermont’s response to the coronavirus pandemic was decisive in the lockdown phase and cautious in the reopening.  From a pure public health perspective, this...
Government Structure- The Vermont Constitution

COVID-19: 9. State of Vermont Response

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Within our system of government, responsibility for public health lies mostly on the shoulders of state and local governments.  Given the current Administration’s reluctance...

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...