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May 2020

The Jefferson Journal:  Governor Punts On First Down

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The Jefferson Journal: Governor Punts On First Down —  Just as COVID-19 was starting its destruction of the world's economy in early March, the Virginia General Assembly took final action on an exuberant two-year state budget within shouting distance of $140 billion.  Six weeks later at Reconvened Session, with the economic damage obvious but not yet measured, the Assembly reaffirmed the same spending plan.  Rather than substantially cut the budget, Governor Ralph Northam and his finance team proposed to delay the vast majority of the newly authorized spending and decide later whether the state can afford it.  It was a punt on first down.  Read It Here!

April 2020

Jefferson Journal:  Mutated By COVID, Unemployment Insurance Unsustainable

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Jefferson Journal: Mutated By COVID, Unemployment Insurance Unsustainable —  By Stephen D. Haner  America's and Virginia's unemployment insurance program -- born of the Great Depression and the Social Security Act of 1935 -- may be another casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The virus has mutated unemployment insurance into a form not financially sustainable.  Read It Here!

March 2020

Jefferson Journal:  Northam Should Take Bricks Out of the Life Raft

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Jefferson Journal: Northam Should Take Bricks Out of the Life Raft —  By Stephen D. Haner Sixty days ago, activists were arguing this was a rising economy and state government should mandate raising workers to a higher level.  This is now a sinking economy, and the General Assembly's actions have piled bricks on the life rafts workers will need to survive.  Read It Here!

December 2019

The Jefferson Journal:  Bring Tax Reform Debate Back for Round Two

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The Jefferson Journal: Bring Tax Reform Debate Back for Round Two — Sometimes you have to start the victory lap, even if you only get halfway around the track.  A year ago, the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy was beating the drum for a proposal to double the state's standard deduction, the amount of family income exempt from income tax.  It was part of a broader tax reform package introduced by several legislators who liked it.  (12/10/2019)  Read It Here!

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