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February 2018

Meet Isaac ...

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Meet Isaac ... — Today, more than 3,300 at-risk Virginia children receive more than $10.6 million in scholarships from the Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit to attend a better school.  Want to know how it works?  More than 210,000 Virginians have watched this short video laying it all out -- and telling you how you can get involved!  Click Here!

January 2018

New Survey:  Virginians Support Off Shore Drilling

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New Survey: Virginians Support Off Shore Drilling — 1/29/2018 -- A new public survey conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategies on behalf of the Thomas Jefferson Institute shows that Virginians support off shore drilling for oil and natural gas by a 55 percent to 39 percent margin.

Read the News Release Here!

Read the Poll Details Here!

January 2018

Virginia's Hospitals:  Their Financial Strength Improves

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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!

January 2018

Jefferson Journal:  Cigarette Tax Increases Rarely Produce Promised Revenue

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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!

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