Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy

October 2015

Choice for Pre-K Students

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Choice for Pre-K Students — Today, there are more than 7,800 unfilled slots in the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) program offering early childhood learning services to at-risk children.  They aren't filled because local governments can't match the funds or because they simply have no space.  Chris Braunlich, vice president of the Thomas Jefferson Institute, offered a solution to the General Assembly's Virginia Preschool Initiative Joint Subcommittee:  Use the Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit to provide parents choices about the preschool program their child attends! (10/8/2015)  Read the Testimony Here!

September 2015

New Report:  Reform Youth Prison System With Community Reforms

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New Report: Reform Youth Prison System With Community Reforms — The Thomas Jefferson Institute, Justice Fellowship and Right on Crime issued a report highlighting new research aimed at finding meaningful solutions for Virginia's juvenile justice system.  These recommendations would advance public safety, reduce costs for taxpayers and improve proportionality of punishment for youth while providing greater tools for restoration of the whole community. (9/25/2015)  Read It Here!

September 2015

Tax Restructuring in Virginia:  September 2015 Update

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Tax Restructuring in Virginia: September 2015 Update —

The Institute has updated its Tax Restructuring in Virginia study, offering 23 different revenue-neutral economic scenarios to expand the state's economy and create more private sector jobs.  A summary was sent to all candidates in this year's General Assembly races in a letter co-signed by the Virginia Manufacturers Association, the National Federation of Independent Business, and the Virginia Retail Federation.

Read the Updated Study Here!

Read the Letter to Candidates Here!

September 2015

Jefferson Journal: Virginia Open for Business With Iran?

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Jefferson Journal: Virginia Open for Business With Iran? — By Michael W. Thompson  The Iran nuclear deal will soon become a reality even though a bi-partisan majority in Congress opposes it, as does a vast majority of the American people.  But because the deal is an "agreement," not a treaty, states are free to divest themselves of holdings with companies doing business with Iran, just as they did with South Africa more than 20 years ago.  Today, 25 states have done so. Virginia is not one of these.  It can be. (9/18/2015) Read It Here!

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