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Contracting Government Services Can Work(0)

October 15, 2014

Editor’s Note: Virginia has been a leader in public private partnerships (P3’s) and in contracting out government services. The recent problems with P3’s on the proposed new highway 460 should not stop this process, but should be a caution that all such programs, large and small, need to be carefully thought through.) Despite decades of […]

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Some Thoughts on Social Security

Today our local newspapers headlines were that the president was backing off from Social Security cuts in his budget which will be released early in March. As someone who receives Social Security, and also one hoping his own children will have a decent retirement which will include Social Security, it got me to thinking about […]

Better Government through Better Metrics

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones wants to tackle the city’s entrenched poverty, and he wants to do it by investing smartly in community revitalization efforts. The big question is, what works? Supporting job training might seem a logical way for the city to lift people out of poverty. But what good is job training if poor […]

Taxpayers Underwrite IRS Full-Time Union Workers

Did you know that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) actually pays the salary (no, we taxpayers pay the salary) of 200 employees who work full time on labor union business? All this even as IRS furloughs employees and cuts back on taxpayer advice under the guise of the budget sequester. As far as I know, […]

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