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February 2018

The Jefferson Journal:  A Growing Economy Needs Regional Bank De-Regulation
The Jefferson Journal: A Growing Economy Needs Regional Bank De-Regulation — By Michael Thompson.  The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform is hobbling Virginia's regional banks and, in turn, hurting economic growth in the Commonwealth.  In fact, Virginia has missed out on nearly $18 billion in annual GDP growth due to the improperly calibrated regulations on regional banks under Dodd-Frank.  It's time to change it.  Read It Here!

January 2018

New Survey:  Virginians Support Off Shore Drilling
New Survey: Virginians Support Off Shore Drilling — 1/29/2018 -- A new public survey conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategies on behalf of the Thomas Jefferson Institute shows that Virginians support off shore drilling for oil and natural gas by a 55 percent to 39 percent margin.

Read the News Release Here!

Read the Poll Details Here!

January 2018

Jefferson Journal:  Cigarette Tax Increases Rarely Produce Promised Revenue
Jefferson Journal: Cigarette Tax Increases Rarely Produce Promised Revenue — By Michael Thompson  Increased cigarette taxes rarely produce the revenue expected by local governments.  Fairly consistently, the tax increases produce a decrease in revenue, don't meet expectations, miss budget projections or simply produce mixed results and often turn flat or negative in the years following a tax increase.  1/15/2018  Read It Here!

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