Opinion

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Opinion: Beware bills that erode free speech

Provided by The Dominion Post:  State legislators from Washington to Florida have proposed bills to crack down on protesters. That’s troubling, not only because of what some bills would do, but because of the cultural trend they reflect. Two bills would protect drivers who hit protesters. They may not be intended to protect intentionally driving into […]

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Opinion: U.S. Sen. Capito’s weekly address

From the Office of Shelley Moore Capito: Weekly Address to West Virginians – May 5, 2017: Hello! Thanks for watching my weekly video message. This week the Senate passed a government funding bill that delivers many wins for West Virginia. In addition to providing permanent health care for our miners, the bipartisan agreement includes essential funds for flood […]

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Opinion: Small Business Week – ‘Eat here or we both starve’

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail – Daily Mail Opinion Page: This past week (April 30 through today) was designated as Small Business Week throughout the country. The week is intended to encourage people to shop at and give back to the small businesses in their community. According to the official Small Business Week website, it “honors […]

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Opinion: Business perspective is vital in weighing taxes

By Steve Roberts West Virginia Chamber of Commerce West Virginia’s business tax climate ranking was the third worst in the nation just a dozen years ago. Our state bore the dubious rank of 47th in the nation when ranked among the 50 states for business tax competitiveness. Our corporate net income tax rate was one of […]

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Opinion: Spending plan key component to W.Va. Special Legislative Session

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: Low-tax advocates in the West Virginia House of Delegates are not unreasonable men and women. House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, signaled as much Thursday, when he told a reporter a new state budget that “barely increases taxes”might be acceptable. But the $300 million boost in taxes reportedly included in a […]

Opinion: Justice fiasco at special session
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Opinion: Justice fiasco at special session

From The Journal of Martinsburg: To borrow from one of Gov. Jim Justice’s favorite types of analogy, when West Virginia legislators returned to Charleston at his call Thursday, they were handed a silver platter full of … nothing. Last week, Justice issued his call for a special session of the Legislature, to begin Thursday. The […]

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WVDEP’s REAP program conducting tire collections in May

  CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP) Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) is holding ten tire collections across the state in May.   Wayne Co.– Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wayne County SWA Recycling Center on Bluefield Street in Wayne. Wyoming Co. – Wednesday, […]

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Opinion: Tiered severance tax could destroy oil and gas industry
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Opinion: Tiered severance tax could destroy oil and gas industry

By Charlie Burd Executive Director Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia   The Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGAWV) provides a voice for West Virginia’s oil and natural gas industry – including producers who live, work, contribute to and cast their votes in West Virginia. Despite what people may think […]

By May 4, 2017 Read More →

EDITORIAL: We can all do our part to help small businesses retain their strength

Times West Virginian editorial This week is Small Business Week throughout the country, where people are encouraged to shop at and give back to all the small businesses in their community. According to the official Small Business Week website, it “honors the innovators who take a risk on an idea, invest in their communities and […]

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By May 1, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: All-of-the-above approach to energy makes sense

Herald-Dispatch editorial Advocates for the coal industry – both those connected to the business as well as government officials concerned about tax revenues and miners’ jobs – often argue that energy policies should be built on an “all-of-the-above” approach. Their desire, of course, is that coal as a fuel source is not left behind when […]

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