Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy

Commentaries

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

Jefferson Journal:  Cigarette Tax Increases Rarely Produce Promised Revenue
Jefferson Journal: Cigarette Tax Increases Rarely Produce Promised Revenue — By Michael Thompson  Increased cigarette taxes rarely produce the revenue expected by local governments.  Fairly consistently, the tax increases produce a decrease in revenue, don't meet expectations, miss budget projections or simply produce mixed results and often turn flat or negative in the years following a tax increase.  1/15/2018  Read It Here!

September 2017

Jefferson Journal:  Virginia Gains if Obamacare Replaced
Jefferson Journal: Virginia Gains if Obamacare Replaced — By Michael Thompson  The Obamacare health replacement debate has re-entered the public arena with the dramatic new effort by center-right Senators Lindsay Graham and Bill Cassidy.  the idea is to send block grants to the states to spend on state designed and managed health care systems.  For Virginia, it means $3 billion in new healthcare funds.  (9/22/2017)   Read It Here!

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