Economic Development

The key to a growing economy is increased economic development and a decrease in government intrusion into the market place. As the old saying goes, "A rising tide lifts all ships." That theory applies to economic development. If a vibrant economy is available to Virginia, then everyone benefits -- more people are employed and the tax base allows for adequate funding for government programs. Government policies and actions impact on future economic development and this Center looks at specific issues impacting on economic development based up the Mission Statement of the Thomas Jefferson Institute.

May 2020

The Road to Higher Taxes
The Road to Higher Taxes —  The 2020 General Assembly, with its new progressive Democratic majority, passed nearly two dozen changes in Virginia tax laws that will begin to hit individuals and businesses on July 1.  The Thomas Jefferson Institute has published a brochure outlining all 23 tax increases or new taxes.  Permission is granted to reprint and distribute.  Download the brochure here.

May 2020

The Jefferson Journal:  Governor Punts On First Down
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

Join Our Tele-Town Hall Meeting With Former Governor George Allen!
Join Our Tele-Town Hall Meeting With Former Governor George Allen! —  At 3:00 pm on Wednesday, May 6, join former Virginia Governor George Allen and Northern Virginia entrepreneur Noe Landini for a Tele-Town Hall meeting to discuss how to safely re-open our communities.  Members of the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission, Allen and Landini will talk about the Commission's new recommendations coming on May 5, and answer your questions.  Pre-registration is required so you can participate from the comfort of your home!  For more information and to register, Click Here!


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