Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy

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.

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!

December 2017

Healthcare Handbook Offers Ideas on Medicaid Reforms, Healthcare Competition
Healthcare Handbook Offers Ideas on Medicaid Reforms, Healthcare Competition — A new "Healthcare Handbook" released by the Thomas Jefferson Institute offers a collection of 17 essays by practitioners and public policy specialists offering reforms for healthcare in Virginia.  The essays especially focus on several issues, including Medicaid expansion, reform of Certificate o Public Need laws, and "Right to Shop" laws.  Read It Here!

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