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.

January 2015

January 22 Federal Policy Dinner:  How To Restart REAL Health Care Reform
January 22 Federal Policy Dinner: How To Restart REAL Health Care Reform — For decades America's health care debate has pitted Left against Right, federal against state, public against private.  All sides, however, have shared a similar, inhibiting mindset -- an excessive aversion to risk and deference to medical insiders -- instead of stressing the ideal goal of better health care for more people at lower cost on a continuous basis.  Dr. Robert Graboyes is author of a new study showing how this "Fortress-like" mentality has limited innovation in health care, constraining medical advances and raising costs.  This is a dinner and discussion you won't want to miss!  For more information and to register, click here!

January 2015

Virginia Economic Forecast 2015:  Virginia's Role in North American Energy Development
Virginia Economic Forecast 2015: Virginia's Role in North American Energy Development — Sponsored by Cassaday and Company, this 15th Annual Economic Forecast offers not only a picture of what Virginia's economy will look like in 2015, but also describes the important role in North American energy development.  The Commonwealth has finally surpassed its pre-recession peak level of employment, but did so months after the nation.  Key sectors, relatively more dependent on Department of Defense spending, are likely being impacted by federal spending cuts.  Meanwhile, Virginia is in position to serve as a vital connection between domestic energy production and exports to European/Asian markets through its port -- one of only two East Coast ports currently equipped for larger ships.  With its close proximity to shale gas reserves and recent approval by the federal government to allow for energy exploration off the Atlantic coast, Virginia is poised to become "the energy capital of the East Coast" in the long term.  Read It Here!

December 2014

Jefferson Journal:  Reform Health 'Need' Regulations
Jefferson Journal: Reform Health 'Need' Regulations — By Michael W. Thompson  Here's one way to reduce health care costs:  Eliminate this antiquated relic of health care mandates that stands in the way of competition, innovation and access to care for Virginians.  Read It Here!

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