Opinion

By February 17, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Capitalize On Cracker Delay

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: All good things come to those who wait, it has been said. Well, if that bears out for the Ohio Valley, we are really going to be pleased with the proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County. If it is built. PTT Global Chemical America proposed the plant in 2015. If […]

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Editorial: Balance required between aiding business, enforcing rules
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Editorial: Balance required between aiding business, enforcing rules

From The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: Among many topics he covered in his first State of the State speech, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice emphasized his vision for boosting the state’s ailing economy. One of his points was that the state’s Department of Environmental Protection would have a change of attitude, one that no longer emphasizes […]

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Editorial: Taxing advertising is bad idea
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Editorial: Taxing advertising is bad idea

From The Exponent Telegram of Clarksburg: Gov. Jim Justice in his State of the State address presented to the Legislature a budget proposal that called for $450 million in tax increases (euphemistically referred to as revenue enhancements) and just $30 million in state budget cuts — or expense reductions — to balance the 2018 state […]

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By February 17, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Paying price for assault on coal

From the Wheeling News-Register: Between 2011 and last year, the United States lost enough coal-fired electric generating capacity to serve about 47 million homes, we reported last weekend. What has that meant to the millions of families who have lost access to low-cost electricity generated with coal? Money. Monthly electric bills have gone up and […]

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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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By February 15, 2017 Read More →

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 […]