Opinion

Budget discipline overdue
By March 16, 2017 Read More →

Budget discipline overdue

The Weirton Daily Times editorial In some politicians’ minds, the essence of a good government budget is that it contains goodies for just about everyone. Work up the courage to take some of them out — off taxpayers’ backs — and you can be in big trouble at election time. Republican leaders in the West […]

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Editorial: Limited tank exemptions proper for oil and gas
By March 14, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Limited tank exemptions proper for oil and gas

From the Charleston Gazette-Mail:  You’ve got to give credit to the workers and owners and operators of 42,000 above-ground liquid storage tanks in West Virginia. They had been operating their relatively small tanks of about 2,100- to 4,200-gallons safely for years, out of notice from the public with nary a problem. Then Freedom Industries’ poorly […]

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Editorial: Are WV lawmakers trying to melt down local economies?
By March 14, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Are WV lawmakers trying to melt down local economies?

 From the Charleston Gazette-Mail: The 2017 Legislature passed its midpoint, with little progress toward solving West Virginia’s looming $700 million budget nightmare. Addressing Fairmont State University students, Gov. Jim Justice said West Virginia is suffering a “China syndrome.” He continued: “You ever heard of that before? Where you have a total meltdown and you can’t […]

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Read the bill: The American Health Care Act
By March 13, 2017 Read More →

Read the bill: The American Health Care Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., has released the following information on the American Health Care Act: West Virginia families on Obamacare are looking at a 32 percent premium increase, it’s clear that Obamacare is deeply broken. More insurers are pulling out of Obamacare, offering fewer choices for consumers all while prices rise. House […]

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Opinion: Celebrate WVU’s legacy by imagining the state’s future
By March 13, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: Celebrate WVU’s legacy by imagining the state’s future

By Gordon Gee President, West Virginia University In February 1867, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah and 12 other territories had yet to join the United States. Secretary of State William Seward had yet to even commit the “folly” of purchasing Alaska. Much of what would become our country was still unsettled prairie — the rugged land that a girl named Laura […]

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Proposed voter ID legislation is misguided and unnecessary
By March 13, 2017 Read More →

Proposed voter ID legislation is misguided and unnecessary

The Herald-Dispatch editorial It seems like it was just last year that the West Virginia Legislature debated and approved a bill that modified identification requirements for voters in the Mountain State, basically requiring them for the first time to show some form of identification before they can cast a ballot. In fact, it was just […]

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At The Capitol: No one budging on budget
By March 11, 2017 Read More →

At The Capitol: No one budging on budget

By Phil Kabler For the West Virginia Press Association As the 60-day regular session of the Legislature passed the midway point, Gov. Jim Justice marked the occasion with a press conference to lament the seeming lack of progress on resolving a $500 million deficit in the upcoming 2017-18 state budget. “This is the sole and […]

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Editorial: Testing students, schools in W.Va.
By March 11, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Testing students, schools in W.Va.

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: How we West Virginians evaluate our public schools and the students in them is in limbo. The sooner that ends, the better — providing the solution is not one of the false starts that have plagued us during the past few years. A few weeks ago, state Board of Education […]

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By March 10, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: HB 2811 applies common sense to tank bill, helps West Virginia

By Doug Malcolm Let’s be real about the oil and gas production tanks that are the subject of House Bill 2811. First, they are not “chemical storage tanks” as they have recently been described in an attempt to scare up opposition to the bill. The vast majority of these tanks contain produced brine (salt water). […]

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The monster we must battle
By March 8, 2017 Read More →

The monster we must battle

The Journal editorial How West Virginia legislators and Gov. Jim Justice handle the state’s fiscal meltdown will affect each and every person in our state for years to come. Both for now and the future, they simply must get it right. But that challenge pales in comparison to the life-and-death crisis that both figuratively and […]

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