Opinion

By April 27, 2017 Read More →

Delegate Gearheart statement on Governor Justice decision on state park fees

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – House Roads and Transportation Committee Chairman Marty Gearheart, R-Mercer, today applauded Gov. Jim Justice for recognizing that West Virginia families are struggling financially, and called on him to abandon his proposals for massive tax increases. “Last night, the Governor said<http://www.governor.wv.gov/News/press-releases/2017/Pages/Justice-Stops-Move-To-Charge-Park-Visitors.aspx>, ‘West Virginians are struggling and at this time there is no way […]

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Speaker Armstead statement on Governor’s call for a special session
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Speaker Armstead statement on Governor’s call for a special session

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, issued the following statement after Gov. Jim Justice announced he intends to call the Legislature back into session Thursday, May 4, to push his tax-increase plans. “I’m saddened that the Governor continues to refuse to acknowledge the reality that his current plan still does not have the […]

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By April 27, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: AARP, Hospitals and patients condemn GOP Health Care Plan

From the Alliance for Healthcare Security: CHARLESTON, W,Va. —  AARP, American Medical Association, doctors, hospitals and patient advocacy groups this week have all voiced their condemnation and opposition to the current GOP proposal dubbed the American Health Care Act. The AARP, issued a second letter to Congress, urging all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote “No.” […]

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Senate President Carmichael: Delay in implementing W.Va. Right-to-Work Law costing state jobs, investment
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Senate President Carmichael: Delay in implementing W.Va. Right-to-Work Law costing state jobs, investment

Release from the W.Va. State Senate: CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, today said the delay in implementing West Virginia’s right-to-work law continues to cost the state potentially billions of dollars in investment and thousands of jobs. Kanawha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey’s stay of the West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act is currently […]

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By April 27, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Honest elections critical for trust

The Journal editorial Earlier this month, we commended West Virginia county clerks and Secretary of State Mac Warner for cleaning up voter registration rolls. Working together, his office and county officials had removed 36,635 names from the list of people eligible to vote in our state. What a difference a few weeks makes. By this […]

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By April 26, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: What’s so hard about extending tolls?

From the Register-Herald of Beckley Why on God’s green Earth has the state legislature dawdled on the question of whether or not to extend tolling on the West Virginia Turnpike? Seriously. We have looked all around the issue for the past few years and have not found a single, solitary good reason the $2 fee […]

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By April 25, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Legislators losing time to craft state budget

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel editorial Not much has been heard for a while regarding negotiations on a state budget for the coming year. Rest assured that is only a sign most involved are playing their cards close to the vest. Talks among legislators and Gov. Jim Justice and his staff are proceeding. The fact […]

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By April 24, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: Celebrating WVU’s 150th Birthday

From the Wheeling News-Register:   By Gypsy Denzine Dean, College of Education and Human Services, aWest Virginia University Happy 150th Birthday, West Virginia University! We have aged well, and the University is barely recognizable compared to the small agricultural college born in 1867. In addition to WVU’s birthday, we are also blowing out the candles and slicing […]

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By April 24, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Level playing field for miners

The Journal editorial It has been pointed out that many of the miners who lost jobs because of former President Barack Obama’s war on coal and affordable electricity will never go back to digging coal, regardless of how energetic new President Donald Trump is in reversing the assault. That is true enough. For one thing, […]

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By April 20, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Adding up impact of taxes we pay

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register editorial Now that the deadline to file federal tax returns without seeking an extension has passed (on Tuesday), we can all relax and stop gritting our teeth about how much of our hard-earned income goes to Washington. Or not. Each year, the Tax Foundation think tank compiles statistics and other […]

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