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Defining ‘Vermont Strong’

Defining ‘Vermont Strong’

September 6, 2020 at 11:14 pm

MOUNTAIN TIMES 09/02/20 By Michael Shank I’d like to tell a story that I’ve never told in print before. I’ve written hundreds of policy-oriented pieces for local and national newspapers, but I’ve never told this story because it’s very personal. I’m telling it now because I want everyone to know […]

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Sharing Stories

Sharing Stories

September 5, 2020 at 9:36 am

RUTLAND HERALD 09/05/20 By Michael Shank Storytelling: it’s the one thing that has the potential to cut through the political noise and allow us to see each other in a new way. It’s why we love films, books and television series so much. We’re drawn to stories. And as our […]

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My Motivation: Make Vermont Even Stronger

My Motivation: Make Vermont Even Stronger

August 25, 2020 at 4:11 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 08/25/20 By Michael Shank I’d like to tell a story I’ve never told in print before. I’ve written hundreds of policy-oriented pieces for local and national newspapers — including the Rutland Herald, regarding Vermont-specific policy — but I’ve never told this story because it’s very personal. I’m telling […]

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Why I’m Running for Vermont State Senate

Why I’m Running for Vermont State Senate

August 12, 2020 at 7:25 am

My Lens on Life I think about everything through the lens of sustainability. Meaning, can we sustain these policies for the next 5 decades and the next 5 generations? Since policy decisions require financial, human and natural resources, we need to ask: Do we have enough resources to last? Are […]

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Vermont Could Lead a National Bipartisan Conversation on Race

Vermont Could Lead a National Bipartisan Conversation on Race

August 11, 2020 at 9:29 am

VTDIGGER 08/10/20 By Michael Shank Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank, of Brandon, who teaches at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs and George Mason University’s Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, which passed the U.S. House […]

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Vermont has a Chance to Show how Bipartisanship can Tackle Systemic Racism

Vermont has a Chance to Show how Bipartisanship can Tackle Systemic Racism

July 31, 2020 at 2:42 pm

THE HILL 07/31/20 By Michael Shank The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives and now needs bipartisan Senate support, is the bellwether for what’s possible in tackling systemic racism in America. The bill, which targets racial discrimination and excessive use of […]

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COVID-19, Vermont and GMP

COVID-19, Vermont and GMP

May 10, 2020 at 10:47 am

RUTLAND HERALD 05/09/20 TIMES ARGUS 05/09/20 By Michael Shank In Vermont’s all-hands-on-deck response to the COVID-19 crisis, no stone is left unturned. And it’s incredibly inspiring. Everyone is chipping in, helping neighbors with grocery deliveries, donating goods to local food shelves and banks, making homemade masks for health workers, and […]

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Make it Possible to Transfer Net Meter Credits to Those in Need

Make it Possible to Transfer Net Meter Credits to Those in Need

April 29, 2020 at 8:56 am

VTDIGGER 4/28/20 By Michael Shank n Vermont’s all-hands-on-deck response to the Covid-19 crisis, no stone is left unturned. And it’s incredibly inspiring. Everyone is chipping in, helping neighbors with grocery deliveries, donating goods to local food shelves and banks, making homemade masks for health workers, and even donating government stimulus […]

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COVID-19 and Environmental Policy

COVID-19 and Environmental Policy

April 29, 2020 at 8:52 am

RUTLAND HERALD 4/28/20 By Michael Shank and Carter Dillard While we recognize the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in Vermont, social distancing in nature, the world made a baseline mistake in developing environmental policy decades ago. It chose to treat nature as an unlimited resource for humans. This baseline allowed […]

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Keeping Renewable Energy Credits Local

Keeping Renewable Energy Credits Local

February 27, 2020 at 2:35 pm

VTDIGGER 02/25/20 By Michael Shank When it comes to green energy innovation, there are few American states that innovate like Vermont. Recently, Vermont’s biggest power utility – Green Mountain Power – launched a peer-to-peer energy sales platform that will allow businesses to buy locally generated renewable power from other Vermonters. […]

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