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Do Newport News Courts Threaten Virginia’s Pro-Business Reputation?(1)

March 4, 2015

Virginia consistently ranks as one of the most business-friendly states in America, although lately we have been slipping. According to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, since 2001, manufacturing companies have invested $14.5 billion and created more than 72,000 new jobs in Virginia and nearly $4 billion in capital investment. That is most encouraging. The city […]

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Job Growth in Virginia Wasn’t Stellar Last Year.

Virginia gained only 12,900 jobs in 2014, or a 0.3 percent increase from the previous year. That increase was the worst year-over-year performance the state has had since 2010, when it shrunk by 4,800 jobs in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The meager employment growth in Virginia last year is in stark contrast to […]

School Choice Comes To Virginia

In 2013, the Virginia Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit (EISTC) finally cleared all the hurdles to become the Commonwealth’s best mechanism for creating new opportunities for educationally at-risk students. So, two years later, last week’s celebration of National School Choice Week was an ideal time to examine the effects of that law, the kind of […]

Building An Economy Less Tied To The Federal Government

Once again Virginia is fretting over our economy’s over-reliance on the federal government. Our state is no longer growing rapidly. We are no longer seeing our jobs increase faster than most other states. Our state budget is in the red because our economy is not growing as we had hoped. And we are faced with […]


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