John Vogel

Commentator

John Vogel has served on the faculty of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth since 1992. He currently teaches Real Estate and Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector. The “Business Week Guide” to Business Schools named him as one of Tuck’s “Outstanding Faculty” members.

During the recent campaign for governor, several candidates suggested that Vermont should use some of its debt capacity to issue a housing bond. And while Governor Phil Scott didn’t come up with this idea himself, to his credit, he’s now adopted it and proposed a thirty five million dollar housing bond.

Vogel: Healthcare Advice

Mar 14, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan has unveiled his plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. One early headline from the New York Times sums it up this way: “Republican Health Proposal Would Direct Money from Poor to Rich.” A dramatic example, as reported by Business Insider, concludes that under the new plan the 400 wealthiest households in America get a tax cut of seven million dollars per household per year.

During the first three days of the Korean War, Seoul, South Korea was overrun and devastated. Today it’s a beautiful, thriving city with modern office towers, a world class subway system and a twenty-first century airport. But, just like the United States, South Korea is experiencing the loss of manufacturing jobs – a problem that South Koreans blame on technology and cheap labor from Indonesia.

Vogel: Housing Bonds

Oct 3, 2016

Vermont has a housing problem. For low and moderate income residents, there’s a well-documented shortage of affordable, rental housing. For middle class families, home ownership opportunities are receding as housing prices continue to rise. In Burlington, home prices climbed 5.5% last year so that the median price of houses that are currently on the market is $319,000.

Vogel: Pre-Kindergarten

Jul 18, 2016

On July 1, Vermont became the fourth State to fund pre-Kindergarten for all its 3 and 4 year old children. It’s a good first step and speaks to an important need. According to Governor Shumlin, for 70% of the children in Vermont under the age of 6, both parents are in the labor force.

I wonder why we don’t treat housing vouchers like food stamps. Families who fall on hard times can get food stamps right away. But it can take years and even decades to get a housing voucher.

Vogel: Airplane Noise

Mar 29, 2016

Recently I’ve been spending time in the Burlington area and wondering why we have to put up with the ear splitting noise of military planes as they take off and land. The good news is that they're phasing out the F-16s. The bad news is they'll be replacing them with F-35s.

In 2014, the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development hired Bowen National Research to conduct a statewide housing needs assessment. The study concluded that Vermont has a significant housing shortage, especially for families and seniors who make less than $20,000 per year.

Amid the barrage of proposals from Presidential candidates, I’ve been surprised that the issue of housing hasn’t come up.

For many of us, December is the month when we make the majority of our philanthropic donations.

Vogel: Hang Ups

Nov 30, 2015

On November 3rd Congress passed and President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. Most of us breathed a sigh of relief. 

Creating a just and rational Immigration system poses difficult, complex and critical questions.

Vogel: Tuck Builds

Aug 21, 2015

Twenty four Tuck students will spend this week in Hartland, Lyme and Springfield, swinging hammers, moving boulders and participating in a pre-orientation program called Tuck BUILDS. Like most of our best co-curricular ideas, Tuck BUILDS was created by a couple of enthusiastic Tuck students as an alternative to sailing in Maine and math camp.

According to the latest research, 47% of children entering kindergarten are not ready to learn to read. And there’s a 90% chance that a poor reader at the end of first grade will always be a poor reader. Fortunately, we now have the tools to break this pattern and can do it in a way that would not cost taxpayers in Vermont any money.

Vogel: CLiF And Prisons

May 12, 2015

A recent study concluded that about 85% of children who become juvenile offenders are functionally illiterate. Low literacy rates are particularly high for the children of inmates.

Governor Shumlin recently announced a new plan to end homelessness by 2020. Unfortunately, the plan seems to be getting little traction, perhaps because he introduced a similar, five year plan in 2013, and since then homelessness in Vermont has actually gone up.

Vogel: Nineteen Days

Feb 19, 2015

Next Wednesday, February 25, The Norwich community will gather at the Marion Cross School to celebrate the nineteen days of Norwich.

Vogel: Philanthropy

Nov 10, 2014

Vermonters are caring people. We rank 9th in the country in helping our neighbors as volunteers.

During the holiday season, many of us also make financial donations to our favorite charities. According to Guidestar, which tracks the activities of thousands of nonprofits on its free website, half of the charitable organizations it surveyed receive the majority of their donations from October through December.

On a beautiful October afternoon, horseback riding is a wonderful way to get off the beaten path and observe the fall foliage. But riding a horse is more than a means of transportation, and for people with disabilities horses can be an important part of their therapy.

Hippotherapy, or using horses to help treat patients, originated with the ancient Greeks in the fifth century B.C.E. It was used to help rehabilitate wounded soldiers.

Vogel: Solar Sense

Sep 17, 2014

Solar panels seem to be sprouting up everywhere these days: on roof tops, on walls and even in fields. Between 2008 and 2012 the cost of photovoltaic panels plunged by 77 percent. With these lower costs, many Vermonters wonder if it now makes financial sense for them to install solar panels on their homes.

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