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Richmond Times Dispatch OP-Ed Highlights Economic Impact Of The Amendment

On Monday, September 4, The Richmond Times Dispatch published an op-ed I authored outlining the proposed amendment’s impact on economic development.  As editor of the Virginia Way website (, I concentrated on the Virginia Way’s emphasis on business issues. Business issues are not salient with every voter, but they are important to a key part of the electorate.

In deciding how to vote, citizens typically look to “opinion leaders” for guidance. In southern states such as Virginia, business leaders are often respected community leaders. As more business leaders come aboard they may bring with them voters who will follow there lead – not because they care about the business issues, but because they respect the business leaders who care about them.

The Commonwealth Coalition is doing a great job of highlighting the economic impact of the amendment and we are happy to be part of the effort.


September 5, 2006 - Posted by | economic impact

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