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.

Increased Cigarette Taxes Rarely Produce Promised Revenue

The Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy recently released a new study showing the impact of cigarette tax increases on local government budgets. The study, The Impact of Cigarette Tax Increases on Local Government Budgets (here), uses budget data published … Continue reading

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Reform Healthcare Here in Virginia

The Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy recently released a Handbook on Healthcare Reform, a collection of 17 essays by practitioners and public policy specialists offering reforms for healthcare in Virginia (here). The essays focus on several issues, including three … Continue reading

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Ideas for the Next General Assembly

The elections this fall brought a philosophical sea change to the General Assembly.  The dynamics have changed.  But critical issues remain and good ideas can hopefully prevail if the goal is to truly improve Virginia in a few critical areas. … Continue reading

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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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