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April 2016

Jefferson Journal:  Puerto Rico Bailout Could Impact Virginia

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Jefferson Journal: Puerto Rico Bailout Could Impact Virginia — By Michael Thompson  Following in the tradition of sovereign entities that spend too much, grow government too large, and do not bring in enough revenue to balance it all out, Puerto Rich finds itself facing a grave and escalating debt crisis.  But allowing this U.S. territory the unprecedented power of abridging its debt will come at a direct cost to Virginia and all other states that rely on the bond market for financing.  (4/14/2016)  Read It Here!

April 2016

Thompson:  Virginia's Competitiveness Continues to Decline

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Thompson: Virginia's Competitiveness Continues to Decline — Based on the latest report from the American Legislative Exchange Council, Virginia's competitiveness against other states is continuing on its downward spiral, says Thomas Jefferson Institute President Mike Thompson.  Ranked as high as Number 5 in 2013, the state's economic outlook now ranks Number 13.  Read It Here!

February 2016

Jefferson Journal:  Renting Private Rooms Makes Sense

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Jefferson Journal: Renting Private Rooms Makes Sense — By Michael Thompson  The General Assembly is debating how best to allow private homeowners to rent their extra bedrooms on a short term basis.  That decision may be made this year or next, but it is an important one in this changing economy.  Here's why its a good idea ... and some issues that need to be considered.  (2/23/2016)  Read It Here!

February 2016

Jefferson Journal:  Time to Reform State Hospital Regulations

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Jefferson Journal: Time to Reform State Hospital Regulations — By Michael Thompson  Virginia lives under an out-of-date Certificate of Public Need (COPN) law originally enacted at the urging of the federal government in an effort to contain health care costs.  The federal requirement was repealed in 1987.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

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