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.

July 2014

Jefferson Journal:  After The OEI
Jefferson Journal: After The OEI — By Chris Braunlich  The recent state court ruling that the Opportunity Educational Institution (OEI) is a violation of the Virginia Constitution leaves thousands of Virginia schoolchildren consigned to schools with decades-long records of failure.  It's a missed opportunity, but one that can and should be corrected next year.  Here's one way.  (7/17/2014)  Read It Here!

June 2014

The Jefferson Journal:  When a Deal Isn't a Deal
The Jefferson Journal: When a Deal Isn't a Deal — Rarely, if ever, has the state budget been the vehicle to force a brand-new government program onto taxpayers.  Normally, a proposal to dramatically expand Medicaid would be debated separately where issues can be discussed, experts brought in, ideas batted about and a piece of legislation can be crafted that can be debated and voted on.  Holding education funding, county and city funding, transportation funding and all the rest hostage to Medicaid expansion seems to be a dangerous precedent that should not be taken.  (6/6/2014)  Read It Here!

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!

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