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January 2017

Hospital Finances Healthy, Despite Sluggish Economy

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Hospital Finances Healthy, Despite Sluggish Economy — A new study issued by the Thomas Jefferson Institute shows that the overall finances of Virginia hospitals are healthy.  While hospital profits remained flat since last year, hospital net worth has increased by $1.1 billion.  More important is the bigger picture:  Since 2012, hospital profits have risen from $1.58 billion to $1.89 billion, hospital net worth has risen from $14.75 billion to $17.8 billion, and the number of hospitals operating at a deficit has fallen from 42 to 27.  Read It Here!

November 2016

New Study:  Cigarette Taxes Go Up in Smoke!

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New Study: Cigarette Taxes Go Up in Smoke! — Do increased cigarette taxes at the municipal level increase revenues to localities?  And what is the longer term effect of such increases?  A new study from the Thomas Jefferson Institute has some suprising answers.  Read It Here!

October 2016

Latest Study:  EPA Regulations Raise Prices, Reduce Jobs

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Latest Study: EPA Regulations Raise Prices, Reduce Jobs — The Environmental Protection Agency has issued new Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) for Virginia.  According to a new study, the cost to Virginians will be a ten percent increase in consumer electricity prices and 24,000 lost jobs.  Read the Study Here!

September 2016

Second Annual Conference on Virginia's Economic Future

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Second Annual Conference on Virginia's Economic Future — Some of the nation and state 's top business economists gathered at George Mason University on September 14, 2016 for the Thomas Jefferson Institute's Second Annual Conference on Virginia's Economic Future.

"This conference helps bring the Commonwealth's economic picture into focus," said Jefferson Institute President Mike Thompson, "and it provides some thoughts on policy changes that can help stimulate the kind of economic growth all Virginians want."

Speakers offered national, state and regional economic analysis, capped by a prediction of what the presidential election might mean for private investment outcomes.  Copies of the powerpoint presentations are available below.

National:

Dr. J. D. Foster, Incoming Chief Economist of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. See powerpoint here.

Dr. Chad Moutray, Chief Economist of the National Association of Manufacturers. See powerpoint here.

State:

Dr. Fletcher Mangum, President of Mangum Economics in Richmond, VA.  See powerpoint here.

Keith Martin, Vice President of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.  See powerpoint here.

Brett Vassey, President of the Virginia Manufacturers' Association.  See powerpoint here.

Nicole Riley, State Director of the Virginia National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).  See powerpoint here.

Regional:

Dr. Terry Clower, Director of George Mason University's Center for Regional Analysis.  See powerpoint here.

Private Investor Perspective:

Stephan Cassaday, President of Cassaday & Company, ranked #1 Advisor in Virginia.  See powerpoint here.

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