Before Killington can depart the Green Mountains and join the White Mountains, though, there have to be quite a few steps. Among the first is the appointment of a commission by New Hampshire to study the matter. A bill authorizing that has cleared the House and a Senate committee. Now it just needs the approval of the full Senate and the Governor.
And in Vermont, there are rumblings towards progress, too. Killington’s town manager reports that a Vermont legislator has introduced a bill requiring the town to pay an “exit fee” before divorcing the state. On the one hand, Killingtoners already pay $9 million a year more to the state than they get back, so they feel like the state wants one more trip to the well before they let them go. On the other hand, it is an acknowledgement that the town might actually leave the state, and is setting the conditions for it to happen.
I don’t think the “divorce” will go through in the end. On a purely pragmatic level, this one part of New Hampshire will be 30 miles from the rest of the state, surrounded completely by Vermont. But in the meantime, it’s fun watching the tax-crazed maniacs in Montpelier squirm as their cash cow goes looking for greener pastures.