Category Archives: Government Reform

Understanding the Federal Budget: Part II

In response to the president’s budget submission in May, the House Budget Committee has produced the 2018 Budget Resolution and reported it to the full U.S. House of Representatives.  This is the second step in producing the annual budget for … Continue reading

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Tax Reform is Key to Virginia’s Future

As of March 2017, our state’s unemployment rate was over 3%. Granted, these numbers are not awful, but I would argue there is room for improvement. Many of these jobs are held by people who had better paying jobs just a few years ago. And we still have too many who have taken themselves out of the potential work force and this makes that 3% number look better than it really is.

Our state’s economy should be and can be much stronger. The most important thing we can do to make this a reality is overhaul the burdensome federal tax code. Continue reading

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Government’s War on the Poor: Parent Plus Edition

Rebecca McEvoy, a retired school teacher coping with multiple sclerosis, borrowed $84,000 under the federal Parent Plus program to help her oldest son through art and design school. When he graduated, the government expunged the debt under a law that … Continue reading

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Regulation by Any Other Name

Most consumers of electricity in Virginia are unaware that their electric market is deregulated and therefore have the option to purchase power competitively. However, in many ways, the market is “deregulated” in name only. Continue reading

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Will 90 Day Federal Hiring Freeze Be Effective?

President Donald Trump has taken his first serious step to drain the swamp by placing a freeze on new federal government hiring. How deep does the draining go? His executive order applies to all civilian government entities, but agency heads … Continue reading

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