Virginia Institute for Public Policy
The Virginia Institute for Public Policy (VIPP) is a 501(c)(3) independent, nonpartisan, education and research organization committed to the goals of individual opportunity and economic growth.
Through research, policy recommendations and symposia, the Institute works ahead of the political process to lay the intellectual foundation for a society dedicated to individual liberty, free enterprise, private property, the rule of law and constitutionally limited government.
VIPP is organized into three main policy centers: Constitutional studies and federalism, economic policy and tax reform, and the education reform initiative.
Constitutional studies and federalism
The Center for Constitutional Studies and Federalism promotes "a return to the rule of law and constitutionally limited government by promoting a more restrained philosophy of legislation and interpretation. In addition, the Institute advocates not only the devolution of power from the federal government back to the Commonwealth of Virginia, but also the devolution of power from all levels of government back to the people."
Economic policy and tax reform
VIPP sees state and federal government growing continually larger, more intrusive, and more expensive. The Center for Economic Policy and Tax Reform researches policy "redefining the role, scope, and cost of government in a free society."
VIPP's Education Reform Initiative sees the failure of K-12 public education, despite increased funding. It promotes policy recommendations based upon three premises:
- "First, no matter how much money is allocated to government schools, public education will not improve until it is exposed to the discipline of competition (school choice)."
- "Second, the responsibility of deciding what school best meets the needs of an individual child is for the parents of that child."
- "Third, as control of local schools was increasingly federalized during the last century, fewer and fewer schools met the needs of the local market/community. We must return to the original concept of local control of local schools."
VIPP has two main publications: Virginia Viewpoint and Policy Studies.
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