Author Archives: Stephen D. Haner

About Stephen D. Haner

Steve Haner is Senior Fellow for State and Local Tax Policy for the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy. He is a former reporter, lobbyist, state employee and political advisor, with an emphasis on tax and business issues. He may be reached at

“Conformity” Tax Reform Debate Should Return for 2020 Session

Virginia taxpayers will save almost $600 million over two years as a result of the increase in the state standard deduction, a step proposed last year by the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy. That is a fresh estimate released … Continue reading

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Will Virginia’s Presidential Vote be Cast by New York and California?

Will Virginia’s new Democratic majority in the General Assembly help kill the Electoral College? Millions who slept through government class were stunned to learn in 2016 that the popular vote doesn’t pick a president. It had also happened in 2000, … Continue reading

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The Message is the Game

You know Virginia has changed when being labeled a socialist by your opponent is less damaging than being labeled a Republican. Republican candidates all across the commonwealth sought to link their opponents with the national Democrats running for president on … Continue reading

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Is Questioning Obamacare Now A Third-Rail Issue in Virginia?

Three health insurance proposals which passed the Virginia General Assembly only to be vetoed are now front and center in the November election. What were they? Were they efforts to weaken and ultimately destroy the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) or … Continue reading

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Carbon Taxes Move to the Gas Pump

Imagine this: A regime of rising carbon taxes and tightening emission allowances extending from Virginia’s Cumberland Gap to the Canadian maritime coastline. It covers coal, natural gas, gasoline, diesel fuel, fuel oil, compressed natural gas, wood and biomass fuel, in … Continue reading

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