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March 2014

The Jefferson Journal:  Medicaid Reform -- The Virginia Way

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The Jefferson Journal: Medicaid Reform -- The Virginia Way — With the General Assembly deadlocked, it's time to think through the Medicaid expansion issue.  Here are some thoughts and questions that need to be part of this debate and need to be answered before the federal Medicaid program is expanded:  The "Virginia Way" is to look before we leap.  (3/28/2014)  Read It Here!

March 2014

Institute Urges Support for Approval of Keystone Pipline

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Institute Urges Support for Approval of Keystone Pipline — Noting that the Keystone Pipeline decision is coming down to the wire, Thomas Jefferson Institute President Michael Thompson has written the Institute's supporters urging their action in support of the Keystone Pipeline.  "Either the US gets this needed oil or it will be shipped to China," Thompson noted.  "Your action today can help convince Secretary John Kerry and President Barack Obama to approve this necessary project and get the jobs and energy we need as soon as possible.

 

"Building Keystone is an economic growth issues supported by a broad array of Americans -- Democrats, Republicans, Independents, union members and business leaders," Thompson concluded.  The oil in Canada is either going to the United States or China.  For the sake of our own energy security, let's make certain it comes here."

 

Thompson urged the Institute's friends to send a letter by March 7 to the State Department expressing support for the Keystone Pipeline.  A draft of a sample letter can be found here.  Additional information about the proposal and where to email letters of support can be found here.  Supporters can also sign up in favor of Keystone by clicking here.

 

January 2014

The Jefferson Journal:  Medical Care for the Needy

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The Jefferson Journal: Medical Care for the Needy — As Virgnia's General Assembly debates whether to expand the taxpayers' financed Medicaid to an additional 400,000 of our citizens, we should step back and see what can be done today to reform the current program and help many of those folks who do not have health insurance. Read It Here!

 

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!

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