CENTERS for

Government Reform

Government at the state and local level needs to a take a serious and imaginative look at its structural deficiencies, at its proper role in today's society and whether its fiscal and regulatory policies are a hindrance to economic development. This Center for Government Reform does this based upon the Mission Statement of the Thomas Jefferson Institute.

November 2016

New Study:  Cigarette Taxes Go Up in Smoke!
New Study: Cigarette Taxes Go Up in Smoke! — Do increased cigarette taxes at the municipal level increase revenues to localities?  And what is the longer term effect of such increases?  A new study from the Thomas Jefferson Institute has some suprising answers.  Read It Here!

August 2016

Thompson on WRVA, Washington Post:  Inova Fumbled Redskins Naming Rights Deal
Thompson on WRVA, Washington Post: Inova Fumbled Redskins Naming Rights Deal — Writing in The Washington Post and appearing on Jimmy Barrett's morning show on WRVA, Jefferson Institute Chairman and President Mike Thompson pointed out the inconsistency of the non-profit Inova Health Systems spending funds to gain naming rights to the Redskins' training facility and headquarters while pleading poverty while demanding taxpayer-funded Medicaid expansion and opposing anti-competitive health practices.  (8/16/2016)

See the Washington Post commentary here!

Listen to Jimmy Barrett's interview here!

July 2016

Jefferson Journal:  Virginia's Economy Needs a Real Boost
Jefferson Journal: Virginia's Economy Needs a Real Boost — By Michael Thompson  The Virginia budget shortfall for this past fiscal year likely means a $500 million deficit for the two-year budget unless something dramatic happens.  So what can we do to build our economy and put more people on private sector payrolls and thus increase the total taxes paid into Virginia's state treasury?  Read It Here!

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