Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy

June 2020

The Jefferson Journal:  Stop the Problem Before It Begins

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The Jefferson Journal: Stop the Problem Before It Begins —  By Chris Braunlich  With the General Assembly taking up policing reform in this summer's special session, there should be at least one bill stopping a problem before it begins.  Provisions commonly found in Collective Bargaining Ageements negotiated between governments and the local police union create obstacles to holding bad cops accountable.  Unless the General Assembly takes action now, collective bargaining agreements with those provisions will start next May.  Read It Here!

May 2020

The Road to Higher Taxes

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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:  Spaced Out, Hidden, Here Come the 2020 Tax Hikes

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The Jefferson Journal: Spaced Out, Hidden, Here Come the 2020 Tax Hikes —  By Stephen D. Haner  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 in a few weeks on July 1.  Here's a list of what's coming.  Read It Here!

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!

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