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February 2016

Jefferson Journal:  Time to Reform State Hospital Regulations
Jefferson Journal: Time to Reform State Hospital Regulations — By Michael Thompson  Virginia lives under an out-of-date Certificate of Public Need (COPN) law originally enacted at the urging of the federal government in an effort to contain health care costs.  The federal requirement was repealed in 1987.  It's time to take it off Virginia's books, too.  Read It Here!

February 2016

Jefferson Journal:  Why Virginia Needs a Charter School Amendment
Jefferson Journal: Why Virginia Needs a Charter School Amendment — By Chris Braunlich  Senator Mark Obenshain and Delegate Rob Bell have proposed a Virginia constitutional amendment permitting the State Board of Education to authorize p[ublic charter schools.  If passed this year by the General Assembly, it goes to the voters for approval in November.  Because charter schools remain relativesly unknown in Virginia, it's important to understand how they operate in other states, what the results have been, and why they have failed to take hold here in the Commonwealth. Read It Here!

January 2016

Jefferson Journal:  Governor's Corporate Tax Cut Will Have Little Impact
Jefferson Journal: Governor's Corporate Tax Cut Will Have Little Impact — By Michael Thompson  Governor McAuliffe has proposed a quarter of one percent cut in the corporate income tax rate (from 6 perent to 5.75 percent).  This puny tax cut will have a minimal impact on economic growth.  Indeed, it will only create 280 new jobs in five years.  Read More Here!

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