Author Archives: Mike Thompson

About Mike Thompson

Michael Thompson is currently the Chairman and President of 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.

Help Our Aging Public Schools

Every year at the state and local level of government, budget debates include funding issues surrounding our K-12 public schools.  Teacher salaries and class size are usually the focus, and competing comparisons compensation and limited budget dollars are always at … Continue reading

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Tax Cut Opponents Are Simply Wrong

Most liberal-left activists simply cannot support tax cuts. They can’t help it. It is in their DNA. They firmly believe that money spent by government is always better than money spent by taxpayers. They don’t understand that more money in the taxpayers’ pocket means more money spent on shoes, movie tickets, dinners out and new clothes. The economy improves when this happens and that means more money to the government without tax increases. Continue reading

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Virginia Gains if Obamacare is Replaced

The Obamacare health replacement debate has re-entered the public arena with the dramatic new effort by center-right Senators Lindsay Graham and Bill Cassidy. Their idea is to send block grants to the states to spend on state designed and managed … Continue reading

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Carilion Wants it Both Ways

The Roanoke region needs more health care availability according to Carilion, the area’s mega hospital.   It now recognizes a problem that other health care providers have long known – the Roanoke area is underserved and has inadequate access to many important … Continue reading

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Framing Net Neutrality Standards We Can Agree Upon

By now, you’ve probably heard about net neutrality, the principle that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should not favor some online traffic and data over others. It shouldn’t really be a controversial matter because virtually everyone agrees on the basics, and … Continue reading

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