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April 2018

The Jefferson Journal:  Want to Honor Barbara Bush?  Read to a Child.

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The Jefferson Journal: Want to Honor Barbara Bush? Read to a Child. — By Chris Braunlich  "So there's a reading circle and all the kids have a book and they're passing the book kid to kid and they passed it to me and I couldn't read."  That's a dyslexic Neil Bush, describing the moment his mother took on the challenge of literacy and reading.  (4/25/2018)  Read It Here!

April 2018

The Impact of Cigarette Tax Increases on Local Government Budgets

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The Impact of Cigarette Tax Increases on Local Government Budgets — Cigarette tax increases rarely produce the revenue expected by local governments, according to a January study released by the Thomas Jefferson Institute.  Fairly consistently, the tax increases produce a decrease in revenue, don't meet expectations, miss budget projections, or simply produce mixed results that often turn flat or negative in the following years.  That study was updated with new appendices in April 2018.

Read the January study Here!

Read Study Updated with April 2018 Appendices Here!

April 2018

Jefferson Journal:  Medicaid Expansion is Riskier Today than a Month Ago

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Jefferson Journal: Medicaid Expansion is Riskier Today than a Month Ago —  By Michael Thompson  The massive "Omnibus" spending plan passed by Congress last month did not include a bail-out for insurance companies.  There has been little mention of this dramatic development and the consequences are significant and should impact the current Medicaid expansioni debate in Virginia's General Assembly.  (4/6/2018)  Read It Here!

March 2018

Jefferson Journal:  Medicaid Expansion a Huge Budget Risk

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Jefferson Journal: Medicaid Expansion a Huge Budget Risk — By Michael Thompson  The current budget stalemate over Medicaid expansion is similar to what the state faced in former Governor Terry McAuliffe's first year in office.  But the issue deserves a full and vibrant debate in the General Assembly, because expanding Medicaid is a risky business for the long-term financial health of the state budget.  (3/14/2018) Read It Here!

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