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Tax Reform

June 2015

Business Leaders Roundtable on Virginia's Economic Future
Business Leaders Roundtable on Virginia's Economic Future — The Thomas Jefferson Institute's Business Leaders Roundtable on Virginia's Economic Future, held June 22 at George Mason University, gathered together some of the top analysts to review the outlook for Virginia's economy, an analysis of the state's key industries, the obstacles standing in the way of growth, and the policy changes that should be considered.  The event included cosponsorship from more than 20 state business associations -- the largest collection of business associations ever gathered for a conference of this kind.  Moderated by former Congressman Tom Davis, the roundtable attracted more than 150 participants.

Copies of the powerpoint presentations are available by clicking each presenter's name below --

Dr. Martin Regalia, Chief Economist, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Terry Clower, Director of George Mason University's Center for Regional Analysis

Brett Vassey, President, Virginia Manufacturers Association

Nicole Riley, State Director, National Federation of Independent Business

Nancy Thomas, President, Virginia Retail Federation

Josh Levi, Vice President for Policy, Northern Virginia Technology Council

Stephan Cassaday, President and CEO, Cassaday & Company

January 2015

Virginia Economic Forecast 2015:  Virginia's Role in North American Energy Development
Virginia Economic Forecast 2015: Virginia's Role in North American Energy Development — Sponsored by Cassaday and Company, this 15th Annual Economic Forecast offers not only a picture of what Virginia's economy will look like in 2015, but also describes the important role in North American energy development.  The Commonwealth has finally surpassed its pre-recession peak level of employment, but did so months after the nation.  Key sectors, relatively more dependent on Department of Defense spending, are likely being impacted by federal spending cuts.  Meanwhile, Virginia is in position to serve as a vital connection between domestic energy production and exports to European/Asian markets through its port -- one of only two East Coast ports currently equipped for larger ships.  With its close proximity to shale gas reserves and recent approval by the federal government to allow for energy exploration off the Atlantic coast, Virginia is poised to become "the energy capital of the East Coast" in the long term.  Read It Here!

September 2014

Jefferson Institute Leads Major Virginia Organizations in Call for Tax Reform
Jefferson Institute Leads Major Virginia Organizations in Call for Tax Reform — The Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy has led three other major Virginia organizations -- the Virginia Retail Federation, the National Federation of Independent Business, and the Virginia Manufacturers Association -- in calling on Governor McAuliffe and the General Assembly to reform Virginia's tax system in light of the $2.4 billion state budget shortfall.  Read the news release here!

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