Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy

September 2019

RGGI Questions and Answers

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RGGI Questions and Answers —  Virginia is poised to become the eleventh state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a regional compact created to limit CO2 emissions from large electricity plants.  Although emissions are already declining, the compact would be financed with a carbon tax to be paid by consumers in the form of higher electricity rates expected to be $6 billion over several years.  There is a clear partisan divide on the issue, with Democrats in favor and Republicans against, and the issue may well be decided by this fall's General Assembly elections.  This "Questions and Answers" guide explains what RGGI is, how it is financed, what it would accomplish, and how much it would cost.  Read It Here!

June 2019

The Jefferson Journal:  Conformity Flooding State With Cash

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The Jefferson Journal: Conformity Flooding State With Cash —  By Stephen D. Haner  What will you do with your $110?  Thanks to the conformity revenue flood, it's coming ... (6/28/2019)  Read It Here!

April 2019

Impact of Cigarette Tax Increases on Local Government Budgets, 2019

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Impact of Cigarette Tax Increases on Local Government Budgets, 2019 — A new study, The Impact of Cigarette Tax Increases on Local Government Budgets, concludes that such tax increases hurt low income users and small business sellers the most.  The study also demonstrates that tax hikes rarely meet the projections of local government agencies.  

Read the Study Here!! 

Read the News Release Here!

Read Mike Thompson's Commentary Here!

March 2019

Virginia Approves Choice Legislation for Pre-K Students

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Virginia Approves Choice Legislation for Pre-K Students — 3/27/2019 -- Legislation introduced by State Senator Bill Stanley (SB1015) expanding Virginia's Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit (EISTC) program for use by pre-kindergarten children has been signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam.  Here's what it could mean ... Read It Here!

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