Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy

Legislative Analysis

Virginia's citizen legislators need good, independent analysis of proposed and suggested legislation, as well as analysis of the reports of legislative study commissions, in order to better represent the voters in their districts and in our Commonwealth. Our legislators are part-time and they have very limited staff. Consequently, they need credible and practical analysis of legislative initiatives from a non-partisan, yet philosophical, perspective. This Thomas Jefferson Institute Center offers this analysis and original research to our state legislators.

October 2020

The Jefferson Journal:  Economic Recovery Made Harder
The Jefferson Journal: Economic Recovery Made Harder —  By Stephen D. Haner  Now that the General Assembly's "Cops and COVID" special session is all but finished, will it be easier or harder for the state's struggling economy to recover in 2021?  It will be harder, probably.  Read It Here!

August 2020

Jefferson Journal:  Taxaginia Reappears as Special Session Looms
Jefferson Journal: Taxaginia Reappears as Special Session Looms —  By Stephen D. Haner  The General Assembly reconvenes on August 18 for a special summer session, and the left has already begun the call to raise taxes.  But Steve Haner points out that raising taxes in a recession is one of the worst things the General Assembly can do. (8/5/2020)  Read It Here!

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.

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