Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy

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!

February 2016

Jefferson Journal:  Why Virginia Needs a Charter School Amendment

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Jefferson Journal: Why Virginia Needs a Charter School Amendment — By Chris Braunlich  Senator Mark Obenshain and Delegate Rob Bell have proposed a Virginia constitutional amendment permitting the State Board of Education to authorize p[ublic charter schools.  If passed this year by the General Assembly, it goes to the voters for approval in November.  Because charter schools remain relativesly unknown in Virginia, it's important to understand how they operate in other states, what the results have been, and why they have failed to take hold here in the Commonwealth. Read It Here!

January 2016

Jefferson Journal:  Governor's Corporate Tax Cut Will Have Little Impact

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Jefferson Journal: Governor's Corporate Tax Cut Will Have Little Impact — By Michael Thompson  Governor McAuliffe has proposed a quarter of one percent cut in the corporate income tax rate (from 6 perent to 5.75 percent).  This puny tax cut will have a minimal impact on economic growth.  Indeed, it will only create 280 new jobs in five years.  Read More Here!

December 2015

Jefferson Journal:  Hospital Finances Show a Profitable Industry

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Jefferson Journal: Hospital Finances Show a Profitable Industry — By Michael Thompson  Once again, the financial numbers from the hospital industry show that it is doing very well overall.  Close to 80% of the hospitals in our state are profitable.  The number of hospitals running operating deficits has decreased each of the last three years.  And the numbers laid out in our new study show that in the most recent year-over-year figures, the hospitals as a whole enjoyed a profit of 8.6%.  (12/18/2015)  Read It Here!

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