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May We Govern Ourselves Yet?

Posted by Karen Horn on 16 February 2016

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“Ask most Vermonters what is special about their form of government and they will inevitably say ‘local control’ – the Town Meeting Day tradition, the Norman-Rockwell image of average residents running their own affairs. Hogwash! It’s all a myth. Vermonters have less control over their communities than most Americans. Power in Vermont is held not by town selectboards or city councils but by the Legislature. That’s because, unlike 42 other states, Vermont has no home rule allowing communities a great deal of say over what happens within their borders.” Burlington Free Press Editorial, May 11, 2003.

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