CENTERS for

Legislative Analysis

Virginia's citizen legislators need good, independent analysis of proposed and suggested legislation, as well as analysis of the reports of legislative study commissions, in order to better represent the voters in their districts and in our Commonwealth. Our legislators are part-time and they have very limited staff. Consequently, they need credible and practical analysis of legislative initiatives from a non-partisan, yet philosophical, perspective. This Thomas Jefferson Institute Center offers this analysis and original research to our state legislators.

June 2016

Jefferson Luncheon Draws 70 to Hear Davis and Frost on 'The Partisan Divide'
Jefferson Luncheon Draws 70 to Hear Davis and Frost on 'The Partisan Divide' — Nearly 70 of Virginia's top business, government, and academic leaders packed a Thomas Jefferson Institute luncheon at the state capitol to hear former Republican Congressman Tom Davis and former Democratic Congressman Martin Frost discuss their recent book, A Partisan Divide.  Davis and Frost, who headed their respective party's congressional campaign committees, argued that Congress is broken and incapable of reforming itself without a good kick in the seat from the American public.  Davis is a member of the Jefferson Institute's Board of Directors, and the luncheon was co-sponsored by Virginia FREE.

April 2016

Thompson:  Virginia's Competitiveness Continues to Decline
Thompson: Virginia's Competitiveness Continues to Decline — Based on the latest report from the American Legislative Exchange Council, Virginia's competitiveness against other states is continuing on its downward spiral, says Thomas Jefferson Institute President Mike Thompson.  Ranked as high as Number 5 in 2013, the state's economic outlook now ranks Number 13.  Read It Here!

February 2016

Testimony:  Time to Reform COPN Laws
Testimony: Time to Reform COPN Laws — Thomas Jefferson Institute President Michael Thompson offered testimony February 4 to encourage dramatic reform of Virginia's Certificate of Public Need law, an outdated provision that is raising the cost of health care in Virginia. Read Thompson's testimony here!

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