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.

June 2015

Business Leaders Roundtable on Virginia's Economic Future
Business Leaders Roundtable on Virginia's Economic Future — The Thomas Jefferson Institute's Business Leaders Roundtable on Virginia's Economic Future, held June 22 at George Mason University, gathered together some of the top analysts to review the outlook for Virginia's economy, an analysis of the state's key industries, the obstacles standing in the way of growth, and the policy changes that should be considered.  The event included cosponsorship from more than 20 state business associations -- the largest collection of business associations ever gathered for a conference of this kind.  Moderated by former Congressman Tom Davis, the roundtable attracted more than 150 participants.

Copies of the powerpoint presentations are available by clicking each presenter's name below --

Dr. Martin Regalia, Chief Economist, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Terry Clower, Director of George Mason University's Center for Regional Analysis

Brett Vassey, President, Virginia Manufacturers Association

Nicole Riley, State Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Nancy Thomas, President, Virginia Retail Federation

Josh Levi, Vice President for Policy, Northern Virginia Technology Council

Stephan Cassaday, President and CEO, Cassaday & Company

May 2015

Jefferson Debate Series:  When Should Non-Profits Have To Disclose Donors?
Jefferson Debate Series: When Should Non-Profits Have To Disclose Donors? — The second of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy's televised debate series was conducted on May 21, broadcast on Richmond's "Community Idea Station", WCVE-TV.  The debate featured constitutional lawyer Miller Baker, of McDermott Will & Emery, and Daniel Weiner, Council for the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, and moderaed by the former Dean of the Department of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Bob Holsworth.  If you missed the broadcast, you can watch it here!

And after you've watched the debate, please participate in a short four-question survey to help us improve the debate format by clicking here!

March 2015

Jefferson Journal:  Do Newport News Courts Threaten Virginia's Pro-Business Reputation?
Jefferson Journal: Do Newport News Courts Threaten Virginia's Pro-Business Reputation? — By Michael Thompson  Virginia consistently ranks as one of the most business-friendly states in America.  But are the courts in Newport News threatening that ranking?  They're not a "hell-hole" yet, but they're certainly on the "watch list."  Find out why by reading it here!  3/6/2015

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