Opinion

By February 12, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Federal government must be partner in addressing U.S. infrastructure needs

From The Times West Virginian of Fairmont: From immigration to health care to Cabinet appointments and all points in between, there has been plenty of conflict between Republican President Donald Trump and Democrats during the president’s opening three-plus weeks on the job. Looking ahead, though, there could be a place where Trump may find stronger […]

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Editorial: Budget strategies need to consider impact on jobs
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Editorial: Budget strategies need to consider impact on jobs

From The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice reminded lawmakers and residents in his State of the State address this week that he “hates raising taxes.” But his proposal to fill a projected $500 million hole in the 2017-18 budget includes what some are calling the largest tax increase in state history. The new […]

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Opinion: We need desperate measures

From The Register-Herald of Beckley: By Richard Neely Has anyone noticed that a person can roller skate down Charleston’s Quarrier Street at high noon without fear of being hit by a car? Our mines are closed; the price of oil and gas is so low that there is limited drilling; and the chemical industry is […]

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Editorial: Construction plan could help add jobs quickly
By February 11, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Construction plan could help add jobs quickly

From The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice delivered one of the most memorable State of the State addresses ever on Wednesday night in Charleston. In his unscripted speech, he presented bold ideas on how to help West Virginia get its economy going and deal with the current shortfalls in the state budget. […]

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Editorial: DeVos a terrible choice for education

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail / Gazette: Among many affronts of the new Trump administration, selection of Amway billionaire Betsy DeVos as U.S. education secretary was especially disturbing. She has been a lifelong cheerleader for “school choice,” which sounds nice in theory but, in practice, easily turns into funneling tax money away from public schools that […]

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Editorial: Governor’s ‘fix’ appears broken on arrival
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Editorial: Governor’s ‘fix’ appears broken on arrival

From the Charleston Gazette-Mail / Daily Mail : Throughout his campaign to be governor of West Virginia, Jim Justice asked voters to trust him. With his business experience and his many high-level contacts, Jim Justice could turn things around, he said repeatedly during the campaign. Voters did show trust in the big guy, with 49 percent […]

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Editorial: State doesn’t need another drug problem

From The Inter-Mountain of Elkins: Arguments for legalizing marijuana in West Virginia boil down to two factors: cash and compassion. Neither holds up under prudent scrutiny. As state legislators and Gov. Jim Justice struggle to balance the state budget, the claim legalized marijuana would result in an infusion of cash in the form of taxes […]

Editorial: What about our budgets?
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Editorial: What about our budgets?

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: Gov. Jim Justice offered West Virginians a choice during his State of the State speech on Wednesday. Increase taxes by about $600 million … or else.Or else what? “Are you willing to eliminate all of our state parks? Are you willing to eliminate all of your colleges and universities other than […]

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Editorial: State technology can’t be wasteful
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Editorial: State technology can’t be wasteful

From The Journal of Martinsburg: Technology-related waste seems to have replaced corruption as the preferred method of flushing taxpayers’ money down the toilet in West Virginia. Millions of dollars have been wasted — spent without any gain to show for it — on technology projects in state government. Probably the most infamous fiasco was “Routergate,” in which […]

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At the Capitol: Will colorful State of State generate contentious session?
By February 10, 2017 Read More →

At the Capitol: Will colorful State of State generate contentious session?

By Phil Kabler For the West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — (Feb. 10) — What may go down in history as one of the most unusual and colorful State of the State addresses also opened what could become one of the most contentious legislative sessions in recent memory. Abandoning the traditional elements of the […]