Author Archives: Jim Bacon

About Jim Bacon

James A. Bacon is the author of “Boomergeddon” and publishes the Bacon’s Rebellion blog at www.

Probing the Limits of Tuition Hikes at VCU

Virginia Commonwealth University is pondering a tuition increase of between 3% and 5% — over and above a 2.8% increase for the current academic year — to compensate for an $8 million reduction in state appropriations and a 3% salary … Continue reading

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What the Obama Giveth, the Trump Taketh Away

The federal budget sequestration may have kept a lid on escalating federal budget deficits, a good thing, but it was a disaster for Virginia’s economy. The cap on federal spending hammered a Northern Virginia economy built largely around the Pentagon. … Continue reading

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Virginia Colleges Spend Millions on Federal Regs

The University of Virginia estimates that it spends $20 million a year complying with unfunded federal mandates, just for its academic division, reports Karin Kapsidelis with the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The College of William & Mary estimates its compliance costs at … Continue reading

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McAuliffe Reverses, Now Opposes Electric Rate Freeze

Governor Terry McAuliffe said yesterday that he supports legislation that would cancel the freeze in base electric rates on Dominion Virginia Power and Appalachian Power if President Trump kills the Clean Power Plan. The endorsement came a little late for … Continue reading

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Cost Cuts Coming in a Post-Obamacare Health System

The University of Virginia Health System will need to dramatically cut costs to adapt to a post-Obamacare world, Dr. Richard P. Shannon, UVa’s executive vice president for health affairs, said yesterday. As the Daily Progress reports, Shannon briefed members of the … Continue reading

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