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    It's so bad you have to pay people to move to Vermont

    Vermont has chosen economic policy that is so unattractive to business and the younger demographic that wants to participate in a vibrant economy, that its government is now paying people to move there.



    https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/...0-move-vermont

    It's hardly worth saying that such interventions are not sustainable and not a long term solution.

    Vermont's median age us up 10 years from 1990 when its median age was the same as the country. (The rest of the country is up 5 years from 1990.) Vermont has seen population decline of 0.3% from 2010. The working age population is in decline.

    If each state functions a sort of laboratory experiment to demonstrate the results of government policy, Vermont is playing its role as a cautionary lesson to the other states.
    Last edited by Orca; Jan 1, 2020 at 8:26 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orca View Post
    Vermont has chosen economic policy that is so unattractive to business and the younger demographic that wants to participate in a vibrant economy, that its government is now paying people to move there.

    https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/...0-move-vermont

    It's hardly worth saying that such interventions are not sustainable and not a long term solution.

    Vermont's median age us up 10 years from 1990 when its median age was the same as the country. (The rest of the country is up 5 years from 1990.) Vermont has seen population decline of 0.3% from 2010. The working age population is in decline.

    If each state functions a sort of laboratory experiment to demonstrate the results of government policy, Vermont is playing its role as a cautionary lesson to the other states.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bumpsis View Post
    You're being a political troll. Go ski/ride.
    The economic health of the state matters to many skiers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orca View Post
    Vermont has chosen economic policy that is so unattractive to business and the younger demographic that wants to participate in a vibrant economy, that its government is now paying people to move there.

    https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/...0-move-vermont

    It's hardly worth saying that such interventions are not sustainable and not a long term solution.

    Vermont's median age us up 10 years from 1990 when its median age was the same as the country. (The rest of the country is up 5 years from 1990.) Vermont has seen population decline of 0.3% from 2010. The working age population is in decline.

    If each state functions a sort of laboratory experiment to demonstrate the results of government policy, Vermont is playing its role as a cautionary lesson to the other states.
    this is so dumb. what's the lesson? don't be a tiny, cold state in the middle of nowhere with no large city/cities and/or natural resources??

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    Quote Originally Posted by spring_mountain_high View Post
    this is so dumb. what's the lesson? don't be a tiny, cold state in the middle of nowhere with no large city/cities and/or natural resources??
    Must be an election year. One thread is crapping on VT for being a failed lefty state and another is asking why ski areas bother expanding when there won't be any snow to ski on. Not good.

    As a piece of free advice, you should disavow yourself of the idea that being resource rich is a key condition to be prosperous (besides, doesn't VT have the finest of windy peaks and ridges at its disposal?).

    Think about it. Does anyone in the US envy the economies of Appalachia, North Dakota or West Texas? Does anyone think that Russia is more prosperous than Japan? Is anyone itching to move to oil rich Venezuela?

    Texas and Saudi Arabia have both taken steps to diversify away from oil in recent years - the former trying to poach tech jobs from places like San Francisco - and the latter is attempting to IPO is national oil company and use the proceeds to modernize it's economy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spring_mountain_high View Post
    this is so dumb. what's the lesson? don't be a tiny, cold state in the middle of nowhere with no large city/cities and/or natural resources??
    It's not dumb, it's economic reality.

    The youth have been fleeing Vermont for years now due to high taxes, correlated high prices, lack of opportunity, and declining solid corporate jobs. My wife is a perfect example of precisely what this "policy" (if you can call it that) seeks to reverse. So is her brother. Both Vermonters who fled. This article speaks of a real phenomena.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenedictGomez View Post
    It's not dumb, it's economic reality.

    The youth have been fleeing Vermont for years now due to high taxes, correlated high prices, lack of opportunity, and declining solid corporate jobs. My wife is a perfect example of precisely what this "policy" (if you can call it that) seeks to reverse. So is her brother. Both Vermonters who fled. This article speaks of a real phenomena.
    but it is. people are leaving the state due to the hard realities i described. you can slash environmental regulation and cut taxes as much as you want and it won't change the fact that vermont is cold, remote and lacking in cities and resources. gov't policies or lack thereof can not change that, no matter which party is in charge. but i guess it's easier to shake your fist and yell 'I BLAME DA GOVERMENT HERRDERRR'.

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    Ive often thought of moving up here as moving west is not an option at this time. But then reality kicks in.
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    Maple syrup sales must be down.

    Don’t they just print them Bernie bucks up there for that free healthcare and college?

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisingarizona View Post
    Maple syrup sales must be down.

    Don’t they just print them Bernie bucks up there for that free healthcare and college?
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