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 2017

Time For a Sweeter Deal on Sugar
Time For a Sweeter Deal on Sugar — When it comes to the sugar trade, there is no free market.  But there should be.  And this paper lays out a proposal that could take U.S. business and consumers on the path  to a level playing field -- one that should appeal to those on the right who favor free markets, those on the left who want fewer government supports for agriculture, and budget hawks who worry about possible future costs from the sugar price support program.  Not coincidentally, it could also provide a template for making better trade deals in other areas. 

Read The Study Here!

Read the News Release Here!

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!

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