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 2018

Institute Paper Demonstrates Value of Federal Crop Insurance Program
Institute Paper Demonstrates Value of Federal Crop Insurance Program — As Congress struggles to pass the 2018 Farm Bill amid mounting political pressure, the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy today released a new paper outlining the value of Federal Crop Insurance to farmers and the American taxpayer.  the paper provides evidence that use of multi-peril crop insurance, as it is currently structured through a p[ublic private partnership is a successful evolution of farm policy and an improved approach to the farm safety net.  Read It Here!

February 2018

The Jefferson Journal:  A Growing Economy Needs Regional Bank De-Regulation
The Jefferson Journal: A Growing Economy Needs Regional Bank De-Regulation — By Michael Thompson.  The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform is hobbling Virginia's regional banks and, in turn, hurting economic growth in the Commonwealth.  In fact, Virginia has missed out on nearly $18 billion in annual GDP growth due to the improperly calibrated regulations on regional banks under Dodd-Frank.  It's time to change it.  Read It Here!

January 2018

Virginia's Hospitals:  Their Financial Strength Improves
Virginia's Hospitals: Their Financial Strength Improves — A new study by the Thomas Jefferson Institute shows that the overall finances of Virginia hospitals have substantially improved between the numbers published in 2016 and those in December 2017.  More important is the bigger picture:  Since 2012, hospital profits have risen from $1.58 billion to $2.15 billion, hospital net worth has risen from $14.75 billion to $19.3 billion, and the number of hospitals operating at a deficit has fallen from 42 to 28.  As hospitals argue for Medicaid expansion and monopoly-type protections provided by Certificate of Public Need laws, these are figures worth keeping in mind. Read It Here!

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