Category Archives: State Government

Considering Public Sector Collective Bargaining? Here’s How to Protect Taxpayers and Workplace Freedom

Twenty-eight years after Governor Doug Wilder signed it into law, the Virginia General Assembly lifted the ban on public sector collective bargaining. As of May 1st, localities in Virginia could give government unions a monopoly to represent all employees at … 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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With Tax Revenue Exploding, Virginia Should Boost Standard Deduction, Index for Inflation

One of the big financial winners with the May 1 Virginia minimum wage increase is the state itself, because the entire raise is subject to a 5 percent state income tax. With its low standard deduction and personal exemption amounts, … Continue reading

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Northam Tax Harvest Expands Again

With the release yesterday of the April 2021 Virginia state revenue report, covering ten months of the fiscal year, a correction in an earlier report becomes necessary. Continue reading

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May Day Brings Virginia’s Labor Revolution

Four major changes in Virginia’s labor laws delayed at the beginning of the COVID-19 recession will all take effect May 1. All were approved by the 2020 General Assembly once Democrats controlled both legislative chambers and then delayed at the … Continue reading

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