Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy

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Thompson offered testimony February 4 to encourage dramatic reform of Virginia's Certificate of Public Need law, an outdated provision that is raising the cost of health care in Virginia.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!

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!

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