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.

April 2014

The Jefferson Journal:  Thoughts on Expanding Medicaid
The Jefferson Journal: Thoughts on Expanding Medicaid — By Michael Thompson  There are two policy issues involved in whether Virginia should expand Medicaid:  first is whether the budget should be the vehicle through which a major new government entitlement program is determined; and second, whether expanding Medicaid is a sound policy overall.  Here are some thoughts on both of those.  Read It Here!

March 2014

Institute Urges Support for Approval of Keystone Pipline
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.

 

February 2014

Reception to Honor House Speaker Bill Howell
Reception to Honor House Speaker Bill Howell — You're cordially invited to a special reception honoring Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegate Bill Howell, and welcoming the new state legislators.  Hosted by the Thomas Jefferson Institute, the reception will be held on Wednesday, February 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Bull & Bear Club in Richmond Virginia.  The Institute's winter Richmond reception always attracts the top movers and shakers in Virginia, and this one is no exception.

To get the details about the event or for information about sponsorship, click here!

To register for the reception, click here!

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