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.

Centuries of Future Energy Sitting in a Can

If you are serious about making electricity without carbon emissions and also serious about making enough electricity to run a real economy 24-7-365, the discussion keeps coming back to nuclear energy. It is the obvious choice if you believe we … Continue reading

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Virginia’s Progressive Assembly Turns to Tax Policy

The COVID-19 recession barely dented Virginia’s state budget. The massive spending growth adopted in the pre-COVID budget a year ago is largely back on track. Yet some legislators think the time is ripe to hunt for more revenue by re-writing … Continue reading

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The War on Fossil Fuels

The lesson of the Texas grid collapse is not just about electricity.  Imagine the week Texans would have had if once the power went out and stayed out, they had no gasoline, diesel, propane, or natural gas to fall back … Continue reading

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Legislators Shift Green Energy Costs By Taxing All Other Customers, Employers

Lower income Virginians who are customers of the two largest electricity providers may begin to receive subsidies on their residential bills in March 2022 under legislation moving forward in the General Assembly.  The money for the Percentage of Income Payment … Continue reading

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Subsidies for Electric Cars, Buses and Charging Will Accompany TCI’s Taxes and Rationing

The ultimate goal of the Transportation and Climate Initiative with its tax and rationing scheme is to eliminate fossil fuels for transportation and get us into electric vehicles.  That is something advocates have admitted and critics have pointed out.  While Virginia TCI participation is on … Continue reading

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