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.

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!

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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

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!

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