Opinion

This Week in the W.Va. House of Delegates – Feb. 13-17
By February 19, 2017 Read More →

This Week in the W.Va. House of Delegates – Feb. 13-17

A release from Jared Hunt Communications Director West Virginia House of Delegates CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The House of Delegates passed its first bills of the 2017 session this past week, with lawmakers focusing efforts on boosting government ethics and accountability and gathering more information on the state’s budget situation. The House passed its first bill on […]

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Editorial: Legislature can help Wheeling with Tax Credit
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Editorial: Legislature can help Wheeling with Tax Credit

From the Wheeling News-Register: Developers understand a few percentage points can make a critical difference when one is involved in a big construction or renovation project. The old Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel headquarters building, with 144,000 square feet of interior space, is a big project. Towering over downtown Wheeling, the building has been vacant for the past few years. […]

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Editorial: State cannot just keep crying wolf
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Editorial: State cannot just keep crying wolf

From The Dominion Post:  “Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.” Of course, no other than a saint said that. If you doubt the truth in that wisdom, look no further than how our state balances budgets. A little more than three years ago Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proposed dipping into the state’s Rainy Day […]

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A steady hand, consistent plan needed to grow economy
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A steady hand, consistent plan needed to grow economy

From The Exponent Telegram: It’s all over the place. That would be the best way to explain how our leaders in Charleston — and Washington, D.C., for that matter — are approaching budget issues and attempts to stimulate the economy. With Republicans in control in D.C. — and mostly in control in Charleston — one […]

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Editorial: W.Va. has bigger issues than unemployment pay for striking workers
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Editorial: W.Va. has bigger issues than unemployment pay for striking workers

From the Times West Virginian: Strikes, though not nearly as common as in years past, bring hardships. Those hardships hit workers, businesses and customers. The discomfort over strikes in West Virginia could become greater. State Senate Bill 222 is now being considered. It would make workers who have temporarily lost their jobs due to a […]

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‘At the Capitol’ Column Feb. 19: Slow start on passage of Legislation
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‘At the Capitol’ Column Feb. 19: Slow start on passage of Legislation

By Phil Kabler For The West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Unlike the past two legislative sessions, when the new Republican leadership jumped into each new session with the passage of a flurry of bills, the 2017 regular session has gotten off to a comparatively slow start. After 10 days in session, only two […]

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By February 17, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Capitalize On Cracker Delay

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: All good things come to those who wait, it has been said. Well, if that bears out for the Ohio Valley, we are really going to be pleased with the proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County. If it is built. PTT Global Chemical America proposed the plant in 2015. If […]

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Editorial: Balance required between aiding business, enforcing rules
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Editorial: Balance required between aiding business, enforcing rules

From The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: Among many topics he covered in his first State of the State speech, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice emphasized his vision for boosting the state’s ailing economy. One of his points was that the state’s Department of Environmental Protection would have a change of attitude, one that no longer emphasizes […]

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Editorial: Taxing advertising is bad idea
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Editorial: Taxing advertising is bad idea

From The Exponent Telegram of Clarksburg: Gov. Jim Justice in his State of the State address presented to the Legislature a budget proposal that called for $450 million in tax increases (euphemistically referred to as revenue enhancements) and just $30 million in state budget cuts — or expense reductions — to balance the 2018 state […]

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Editorial: Paying price for assault on coal

From the Wheeling News-Register: Between 2011 and last year, the United States lost enough coal-fired electric generating capacity to serve about 47 million homes, we reported last weekend. What has that meant to the millions of families who have lost access to low-cost electricity generated with coal? Money. Monthly electric bills have gone up and […]

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