Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy

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Jefferson Journal: Time to Reform State Hospital Regulations — By Michael Thompson  Virginia lives under an out-of-date Certificate of Public Need (COPN) law originally enacted at the urging of the federal government in an effort to contain health care costs.  The federal requirement was repealed in 1987.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

February 2016

Testimony:  Time to Reform COPN Laws

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Testimony: Time to Reform COPN Laws — Thomas Jefferson Institute President Michael Thompson offered testimony February 4 to encourage dramatic reform of Virginia's Certificate of Public Need law, an outdated provision that is raising the cost of health care in Virginia. Read Thompson's testimony here!

February 2016

Helping Children, Saving Tax Dollars

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Helping Children, Saving Tax Dollars — In 2014-2015, the Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit offered nearly 1,400 low and moderate income students the opportunity for a better educational placement.  At the same time, it saved the Commonwealth of Virginia nearly $3 million in Standards of Quality funding as those students left the public system to attend a private school.  With a 65 percent tax credit, Virginia's tax credit scholarship program offers one of the smallest credits in the nation.  Raising the credit to 90 percent would stimulate more donations to scholarship foundations, relieve family financial strains by providing higher scholarships to poorer students, offer more choices to educationally at-risk students --- and not cost Virginia taxpayers a dime!  Read It Here!

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