This article by economist William Shobe with UVA's Cooper Center explores how the functions of the modern research university contribute to civic and economic well-being. It considers what the evidence tells us about the value to the state of public support for major research universities.
Any significant shift of freight and passenger traffic from highways back to railways will require a major shift in public transportation policy at all levels of government, according to former railroad executive, Richard L. Beadles.
Knapp, a public finance expert with UVA's Cooper Center warns that Virginia's proposed "homestead" constitutional amendment, currently being considered in the General Assembly, will pose problems for local communities if it ultimately becomes part of the state constitution. The legislation would allow localities the option to exempt up to 20 percent of a home's value from real estate taxes.

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