Job Growth in Virginia Wasn’t Stellar Last Year. (0)

February 18, 2015 • Category: Economy, Top Story

Virginia gained only 12,900 jobs in 2014, or a 0.3 percent increase from the previous year. That increase was the worst year-over-year performance the state has had since 2010, when it shrunk by 4,800 jobs in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The meager employment growth in Virginia last year is in stark contrast to […]

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Agriculture»

More EPA Regulation of Ammonia? (0)

In late January six environmental groups filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia claiming that EPA violated their rights by not responding to a 2011 petition to regulate ammonia as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act. The environmentalists request that EPA be found in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act and request […]

Appreciation»

Great American Heroes (Comments Off)

With all the grim economic news and continued partisanship in our great nation, one must look to the true character of regular men and women in our work force who are making a tremendous difference and saving lives.

Civil Liberties»

Is the End of America’s Culture Wars in Sight? (Comments Off)

Have the Culture Wars peaked? Is the national debate over God, Gays and Guns on the downward slide? Michael Lind, a conservative thinker and co-founder of The New America Foundation, thinks the end is foreseeable. Just as the Civil War didn’t end after Gettysburg — the Confederate states still had a lot of fight left in […]

Crime»

Human Trafficking Happens Here In Virginia (Comments Off)

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, so it is time to recognize, and bring awareness to, the horrible evil of human trafficking. Human trafficking is when individuals use violence, threats, debt, and other forms of coercion to force women, men and children to engage in sex or acts of labor against their […]

Defense»

Low Observable Isn’t A “Dealer” Option Any Longer, It’s Just “The Way” (Comments Off)

(Editor’s note: The Jefferson Journal ran an article on the F-35 on August 7th, 2014 that can be found here. This piece came is in response to that column.) Low Observable or “stealth” technology is no longer a niche capability. It has now become the baseline for all future combat aircraft development by any country […]

Economic Development»

Economic Forecast Shows Slow Growth at Best for Virginia (Comments Off)

By Stephan Cassaday and Mike Thompson The Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy, the state premier public policy foundation, recently released its 15th annual Economic Forecast for Virginia and it shows that our economy continues to slowly recover from the Great Recession. Written by the state’s foremost private economics firm, Chmura Economics and Analytics of […]

Economy»

Job Growth in Virginia Wasn’t Stellar Last Year. (0)

Virginia gained only 12,900 jobs in 2014, or a 0.3 percent increase from the previous year. That increase was the worst year-over-year performance the state has had since 2010, when it shrunk by 4,800 jobs in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The meager employment growth in Virginia last year is in stark contrast to […]

Education»

School Choice Comes To Virginia (Comments Off)

In 2013, the Virginia Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit (EISTC) finally cleared all the hurdles to become the Commonwealth’s best mechanism for creating new opportunities for educationally at-risk students. So, two years later, last week’s celebration of National School Choice Week was an ideal time to examine the effects of that law, the kind of […]

Energy»

Opposing Renewable Fuel Standards (1)

They say politics makes strange bedfellows. In a perfect example, U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) are cosponsoring the “Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act,” to abolish the corn ethanol Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires that increasing volumes of this biofuel be blended into gasoline. Let’s hope it passes, as an amendment […]

Environment»

Free-Market Approach To Protecting Our Water Supplies (1)

Writing in the Times-Dispatch today, my friend Noah Sachs highlights a systemic risk in our society: the threat of chemical leaks and spills to our water supply. Last year the release of toxic chemicals into the Elk River disrupted the drinking supply of 300,000 inhabitants of Charleston, W.Va. Closer to home, a Duke Power plant […]

Feature»

Wetlands: The New Land Grab by EPA (1)

EPA’s draft guidance on identifying waters which may be wetlands was issued on April 27, 2011. My recent blog discussed the concern an Illinois congressman had regarding the impact of this guidance on agriculture and farmers.

Government Reform»

Memo To 114th Congress: First, Repudiate Washington’s Ruling (Comments Off)

The majority of newly elected members of Congress are men and women who ran and won in direct opposition to President Obama’s policies. But there is more to their victory than a triumph over liberal policies. The 2014 election also represents a repudiation of an attitude and style of governance that has become entrenched in […]

Health Care»

Reform Health “Need” Regulations (Comments Off)

In recent years the federal government has continued to impose burdensome new regulations on the states, especially in the area of health care. Strict new rules handed down as a result of Obamacare are forcing insurance companies to cancel coverage for roughly 250,000 Virginians this year, and costs are continuing to increase for everyone. Virginia […]

History»

Remembering Reagan at 101 (Comments Off)

It was an honor to know and work for Ronald Reagan, whose 101st birthday we celebrate this month. I “cut my political teeth” working for him in West Texas in 1976 and 1980, running for the U.S. House at his suggestion in 1978, and later serving in his administration in several executive positions. I was […]

Housing»

Suburbia Not Only Not Dying—It’s Thriving (Comments Off)

Fortune magazine’s Leigh Gallagher got a large amount of publicity over the summer for her book, The End of the Suburbs: Why the American Dream is Moving. Major newspapers did articles repeating her claims, and she expounded them on various blogs and talk shows: Millennials hate the suburbs, Baby Boomers are moving back to downtowns, […]

Immigration»

Immigration Reform Needs to be Realistic (5)

Our economy is in desperate need for more middle-class job creation. Recent statistics continue to show a very weak recovery – one of worst recoveries since World War II. Once Congress gets back to it, the immigration debate needs to focus on reality and not “news bites” and unrealistic concepts. A 2011 survey by the […]

Land Use»

The Obamacare of Real Estate (Comments Off)

Top Senate Banking Committee members released plans this week to wind down mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and replace them with a complicated apparatus disturbingly similar to Obamacare. While the proposal by Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD), the chairman, and Mike Crapo (R-ID), the ranking member, was announced with great fanfare, it simply follows […]

Law and Justice»

Confusing Ability with Intent: Why the NRA Should Not have Joined Forces With the ACLU (2)

The recent controversy concerning alleged “unconstitutional” National Security Agency (NSA) collection of vast telephone “metadata”—records already collected by private sector telecommunications companies that identify what phone numbers were connected with what other phone numbers along with when the calls occurred and how long they lasted—has sadly been driven by misinformation, misunderstanding, and ignorance of both […]

Local Government»

Local, State Government Assets Cause Budgetary Pains (1)

For a moment, let’s accept President Obama’s recent statement on its face value: “the private sector is doing fine. Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government, oftentimes cuts initiated by, you know, governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in […]

Media»

Keep the Redskins’ Name (4)

I was once told that the only bad thing about being a good sport is that you have to lose to prove it. So it is with democracy; you have to have the freedom to disagree to prove that it works. This brings me to the issue of the Washington Redskins. They are one of […]

Nice & Curious Questions»

Super Bowl’s Super Last Play (Comments Off)

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made a good decision when he chose to pass the ball against New England’s goal line defense. On second down. With thirty seconds to go. And one time out left. The Patriots were thinking run. Pete chose pass. Zig versus zag. Like the old line from baseball goes “Hit it […]

Politics»

Cantor’s Loss: Lessons Learned … Again (5)

To my many friends on both sides of the political aisle, if you learn just two things from the Eric Cantor loss last month I hope you infuse your political blood with: 1 – Challengers don’t win, incumbents lose. 2 – Relationships require work. A year ago when two senior Republican members of the Virginia […]

Regulation»

Government Regulations Impact Industries (1)

Increasing government regulations tend to have varying degrees of effect on different industries. Even though their impacts on the broader economy may be modest, for certain industries, the impact can be quite severe. Susan Dudley, director of the George Washington University’s Regulatory Studies Center, said in a report that the Obama administration’s own estimates shows […]

State Government»

Fostering Regional Collaboration Case by Case (1)

For reasons rooted in local identity and entrenched political interest, Virginians are unlikely to consolidate their local governments into units aligned with the metropolitan regions they serve. But it is not impossible to imagine governments partnering regionally on specific projects. A new study by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, “Encouraging Local Collaboration through […]

Taxes»

The Future of Fairfax County – Part II (2)

(Editor’s Note: Fairfax County is the largest county in our state. This article points to some disturbing issues which could impact not only that county but the state. Fairfax County is currently the anchor of the Northern Virginia’s economy. This is the second part of this article. The first ran on September 4, 2014 and […]

Technology»

Flying Blind Does Not Serve Taxpayers (1)

In order to implement and measure the effectiveness of the programs proposed by President Obama and Governor Kaine we need a better understanding of our land. The US and Virginia both need better maps.

Top Story»

Virginia Metros Rank High in Economic Freedom (Comments Off)

The political class is all excited (or agitated, as the case may be) by the Republican takeover of Congress in Washington, D.C., but life continues as usual here in the boondocks. The pocketbook issues that propelled the Republicans to power nationally dominate politics at the state and local level as well. Everyone is asking the […]

Transparency»

Is Virginia’s P3 Program at Risk? (Comments Off)

(This article is reprinted by Surface Transportation Innovations, a monthly newsletter by Reason Foundation.) The state with the longest track record in public-private partnerships (P3s) for transportation infrastructure is clearly Virginia. It enacted the first workable general enabling legislation for P3s back in 1995 (the Public-Private Transportation Act—PPTA) and despite a few early stumbles, has generated substantial private capital […]

Transportation»

The Self-Inflicted Infrastructure “Crisis” (3)

We continually hear about an “infrastructure crisis” in the United States, a malady from which Virginia has not been spared. Talk of pot-holed streets, tottering bridges and crumbling highways invariably moves to talk about the need to spend more on infrastructure, which morphs into raising taxes — never by talk about paring back infrastructure that have outlived […]

Uncategorized»

The Case For Long-Term Concessions (Comments Off)

Long-term contractual arrangements between a state DOT and a consortium of companies to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain a highway, bridge, or tunnel represent a major paradigm shift in how such projects are procured, operated, and maintained. So it’s not surprising that there is resistance to this dramatically different model. Frequently, resistance to a […]

Virginia Roundup»

Virginia Roundup (Comments Off)

A roundup of news from the last two weeks around the state.

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