Author Archives: Mike Thompson

About Mike Thompson

Michael Thompson is currently the Chairman on the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy, the state’s premier independent public policy foundation that has gained broad based respect from political and business leaders throughout Virginia. The views expressed here are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Thomas Jefferson Institute or its Board of Directors.

Richmond’s Proposed Cigarette Tax is Bad Policy

Last year, the Richmond City Council considered an 80 cent per pack increase in the cigarette tax. After several public hearings and careful consideration of the shortcomings of this proposal, the City Council voted it down. But like Jason in … Continue reading

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Tax Increases Could be Coming to Virginia Soon!

Recent federal tax cuts put more money into the pockets of most Virginia families to the tune of some $1200 to $1400.  But a good part of that could soon be taken away by our elected officials when the General … Continue reading

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Virginia Should Avoid Frivolous Climate Litigation

Is the company that makes ladders legally responsible if you fall off of one?  Or if you cut yourself picking up broken glass, is the maker of that glass legally liable?  You probably think such lawsuits would be “silly” and … Continue reading

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Natural Gas is Important to Virginia

The U.S. Labor Department announced that Virginia added nearly 5,000 jobs in August. We’ve added almost 50,000 new jobs over the last year. One reason for this is Virginia’s commitment to expanding our energy resources. U.S. natural gas exploration and … Continue reading

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Sensible water discharge policy waiting for Congress to act

On April 26, 1607 Captain Christopher Newport and the Virginia Company colonists first set foot on Virginia’s shore just west of Cape Henry, at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Soon afterwards, these men and women established Jamestown and our … Continue reading

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