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October 2013

Are your local candidates pledged to Transparency in Government?

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Are your local candidates pledged to Transparency in Government? —  The Thomas Jefferson Institute asked that question of 513 candidates for local office in Virginia for whom email addresses were available, asking them to pledge to support efforts to make government more transparent for the voters.  Sixty-four candidates took the pledge and signed the “2013 Government Transparency Pledge.”  Michael Thompson, President of the Jefferson Institute stated, "these local candidates have agreed that government should be more open and transparent, that budgets should be accessible on line as should government contracts, organizational charts and calendars of all meetings."  He went on to say, "these candidates understand that government becomes better when the light of transparency is shown upon it."

 Read the Pledge Here!

 Check Your Local Candidate Here!

October 2013

Tax Reform Urged by Jefferson Institute at Legislative Hearing

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Tax Reform Urged by Jefferson Institute at Legislative Hearing — Michael Thompson, President of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy, urged the General Assembly to restructure the Virginia tax code in a revenue neutral way that could create tens of thousands of jobs.  Thompson was testifying for the second time before the Small Business and Manufacturing Development Commissions.

 

Read His Statement Here!

Read the Tax Proposal Here!

Read the News Release Here!

September 2013

Jefferson Journal:  Immigration Reform Needs to Be Realistic

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Jefferson Journal: Immigration Reform Needs to Be Realistic —  By Mike Thompson   Our economy is in desperate need for more middle-class job creation.  Recent statistics continue to show a very weak economy -- one of the worst recoveries since World War II.  Once Congress gets back to it, the immigration debate needs to focus on reality and not "news bites" and unrealistic concepts. 9/20/2013  Read More Here!

September 2013

Thompson:  Campaigns Should Focus on Ideas, not Baseless Attacks

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Thompson: Campaigns Should Focus on Ideas, not Baseless Attacks —  It's becoming "silly season" in the race for Governor, and candidates should be spending their time offering positive policy solutions, says Mike Thompson, president of the Thomas Jefferson Institute.  Read More!

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