Opinion

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Opinion: Caputo, other delegates fight for Freedom of Information

From the Times West Virginian of Fairmont: By Don Smith The West Virginia Press Association Since the end of the regular 60-day session of the Legislature on Saturday, West Virginians, understandably, have been focused on the continuing budget discussions and the 262 bills approved during the session. However, as is often the case during a […]

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By April 15, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Governor ‘justified’ in budget veto

From The Exponent Telegram of Clarksburg:  Thursday, in a special announcement made in the Lower Rotunda of the state Capitol, Gov. Jim Justice vetoed a $4.1 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2018 that had been approved by the Legislature. The veto means lawmakers will have to be called back into special session in order to […]

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By April 15, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: State’s leaders must negotiate, find a realistic budget solution

From the Times West Virginian of Fairmont: It’s time for West Virginia’s leaders to seriously negotiate and come up with a realistic solution regarding the state’s budget. The Legislature passed House Bill 2018, or the budget bill, Sunday morning. Gov. Jim Justice, though, announced Thursday afternoon that he would veto the bill. There were hopes […]

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By April 15, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: Mingo Delegate Marcum agrees with Justice veto

From the Williamson Daily News, press release from Delegate Justin Marcum:  From Delegate Marcum: Governor Jim Justice vetoed the last minute Budget passed in the late night hours of the last day of the 2017 Legislative Session. The budget had plenty of issues, including many draconian cuts. Over $46 million dollars in cuts to DHHR were […]

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By April 15, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Trying Again On W.Va. Budget

From the Wheeling News-Register: There was plenty wrong with the state budget proposal West Virginia legislators sent to Gov. Jim Justice. Lawmakers’ refusal to increase taxes to make government even bigger was not among the flaws, however. Justice does not see it that way. On Thursday, he vetoed the budget bill. That means legislators will […]

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By April 15, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: Fix Budget Without Tax Hikes

By MIKE MYER The Intelligencer of Wheeling  Once again, the bureaucracy — aided and abetted by Gov. Jim Justice — has pulled the wool over West Virginia legislators’ eyes. With the very best of intentions, conservative lawmakers allowed themselves to be stampeded into a badly flawed budget proposal. It’s not that the lawmakers’ budget spends […]

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By April 15, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Higher taxes a must to fix budget, state

From the Register-Herald of Beckley: Now that a feckless state budget bill has been vetoed by Gov. Jim Justice and irresponsible and cowardly budget builders in the House and Senate have been exposed, we hope that everyone involved in the process takes a break, reflects on the state of our state and then comes back […]

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By April 14, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: Health Care Decisions Week — a great time to ensure patients’ wishes are respected

By Dr. Alvin H. Moss and Courtney Dunithan, MSW, LGSW For the past decade, National Healthcare Decisions Day has highlighted a time when people can pause and focus on what treatment they want near the end of life. In 2017, that valuable event is being expanded to include an entire week, April 16-22, to encourage […]

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Opinion: U.S. Rep Evan Jenkins – Reclaiming the potential of our coalfields
By April 14, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: U.S. Rep Evan Jenkins – Reclaiming the potential of our coalfields

By U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va. Over the past few months, we’ve seen the economy grow as President Trump follows through on his promises. We’re working together to roll back Obama-era anti-coal regulations, and consumer confidence is rising as more businesses are choosing to expand in the United States. But in West Virginia, the legacy of […]

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By April 12, 2017 Read More →

EDITORIAL: Lesson about staying sober, saving lives must not be forgotten

Times West Virginian editorial In the midst of tragedy, we often have to ask ourselves the one question that’s hard to answer. “Why?” Unfortunately, when it comes to teen deaths in automobile accidents, there is a regrettable answer. Alcohol is the greatest cause of death for young people in motor vehicle accidents. And 40 percent of […]

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