Author Archives: Stephen D. Haner

About Stephen D. Haner

Stephen D. Haner is Senior Fellow for State and Local Tax Policy at the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy. He may be reached at steve@thomasjeffersoninst.org.

Virginia Should Not Tax Income If Washington Doesn’t

In 1972, a Virginia taxpayer needed a taxable income of $12,000 before the state’s maximum income tax rate kicked in.  Adjusted for inflation, that threshold should be $78,000 today. There has been one adjustment since, to $17,000 in income before … Continue reading

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Digging Beyond the #1 Ranking

Virginia ranks #1 in the  “Top States for Business 2021” ranking produced by the business network CNBC, but it is important to dig into the ten measurement categories. Continue reading

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Time to Cut Taxes

If Virginia ended the fiscal year June 30 with a general fund cash surplus of $2 billion, almost 10 percent of its annual budget, that means taxes are too high. Period. The debate for the 2021 political season should be how to cut taxes, and how much. Continue reading

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Northam Administration Still Avoiding Discussion of TCI

Why do Virginia’s leaders run away from the Transportation and Climate Initiative? Could it be because the first state legislature to consider it, in reliably Democratic Connecticut, just adjourned without even taking a vote on the proposed carbon tax compact, despite strong support from Democratic Governor Ned Lamont? Continue reading

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Northam Regs Out of Step With Reality

Despite the stunning and rapid success of the vaccines in arresting the spread of COVID-19, if you enter a Virginia workplace you go back in time to the pre-vaccine era of doubt and fear. Virginia acted in haste in adopting … Continue reading

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