Opinion

By February 15, 2017 Read More →

‘Death tax’ a bad option for W.Va.

The Journal editorial West Virginia needs to reinvigorate our economy, Gov. Jim Justice believes. He outlined some of his ideas for doing so during his State of the State speech. Unfortunately, through $600 million in tax increases, the governor’s plan is more likely to reinvigorate the state bureaucracy than to cause a surge in economic […]

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Job killer: Lawmakers should reject tax proposal

The Inter-Mountain editorial West Virginia needs to reinvigorate our economy, Gov. Jim Justice believes. He outlined some of his ideas for doing so Wednesday, during his State of the State speech. Unfortunately, through $600 million in tax increases, the governor’s plan is more likely to reinvigorate the state bureaucracy than to cause a surge in […]

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Localizing education
By February 14, 2017 Read More →

Localizing education

The Journal editorial West Virginia needs “gigantic education reform,” Gov. Jim Justice proclaimed Wednesday. Few would argue with that. But precisely what does the governor have in mind? He provided few details during his State of the State speech. What he did say seems like a good start, but no more than that. Justice wants to […]

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Enforcement: Justice’s jab at DEP undercuts agency
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Enforcement: Justice’s jab at DEP undercuts agency

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel editorial During his State of the State speech last week, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice bemoaned the appearance of Department of Environmental Protection inspectors, complaining “they show up with a T-shirt on and an old pair of jeans and they maybe haven’t shaved in forever. And they got a badge in […]

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Education reform can only be measured by student success
By February 14, 2017 Read More →

Education reform can only be measured by student success

The Herald-Dispatch editorial From the new governor of West Virginia to the new Secretary of Education, there is a renewed interest in returning more responsibility for student success to local school systems and the classroom teacher. Years of ever-changing federal education initiatives, and in West Virginia increased control by the state Department of Education, has […]

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By February 12, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Education & bureaucracy

From The Journal of Martinsburg: Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. secretary of education means the end of public schools as we know them, her critics have charged. There was enough concern about that among senators that 50 of them voted against her. For the first time in history, a tie vote over a Cabinet […]

Editorial: Keep both hands on state vehicle fleet
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Editorial: Keep both hands on state vehicle fleet

From The Dominion Post of Morgantown: The best number now is 7,529 state-owned vehicles … and counting. Or is that minus five vehicles here, 35 vehicles there, 45 more elsewhere and the 122 to be auctioned this spring and fall? This week, the Legislative Auditor’s office reported that 7,529 tally — about one vehicle for […]

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Editorial: Local Control – RESA officials should be heard at talks
By February 12, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Local Control – RESA officials should be heard at talks

From The Parkersburg News and Sentinel: As state-funded agencies continue to sift through the proposed budget submitted by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice last week, it becomes clearer the few cuts made by the governor are meant to do more than reduce a little spending. For example, the elimination of $3.7 million in funding for […]

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Editorial: Improving W.Va. Public Education
By February 12, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Improving W.Va. Public Education

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: West Virginia needs “gigantic education reform,” Gov. Jim Justice proclaimed Wednesday. Few would argue with that. But precisely what does the governor have in mind? He provided few details during his State of the State speech. What he did say seems like a good start, but no more than that. Justice wants […]

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Opinion: Budget can’t be balanced on backs of state’s smal businesses
By February 12, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: Budget can’t be balanced on backs of state’s smal businesses

John Miller – Executive Editor The Exponent Telegram  When former Gov. Gaston Caperton took office, he stared down the potential of a $300 million budget deficit and called the Legislature into a special session to address it during his inaugural address. The results weren’t pretty — namely, a $392 million tax package that caused the […]

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