Opinion

By February 24, 2018 Read More →

Transparency: What are WV lawmakers hiding with SB 474 bill?

From The Parkersburg News and Sentinel: Only a few short years ago, Republicans leading the charge toward a historic power shift in Charleston were promising a sharp turn away from the bad old days — the way things had always been done. My how times have changed. A hint of it came before this year’s […]

By February 24, 2018 Read More →

Opinion: The impossible task of ‘fixing’ West Virginia’s PEIA

By MIKE MYER Editor The Intelligencer of Wheeling Many of the public school teachers on strike Thursday and Friday are as upset about health insurance premiums and benefits as they are regarding salaries. “Fix PEIA” — the Public Employees Insurance Agency — signs were common on the picket lines. But it can’t be fixed. Trust […]

By February 24, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: WV teachers strike point made

From The Intelligener of Wheeling: In a way, the cold, rainy weather Thursday and Friday was a good thing for teachers picketing in front of area public schools for hours on end. Doubtless virtually all of them would have preferred to have been inside their warm, dry classrooms those days, of course.  But conditions were […]

By February 24, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: Returning to stale old policies won’t fix West Virginia

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail, Daily Mail page: From the time Cass Gilbert’s grandiose state Capitol building in Charleston was first occupied in the 1930s, until the 2015 legislative session, Democrats had been the majority party in both legislative chambers of West Virginia’s state government. How well did that work out for West Virginia? Since 1950, […]

By February 24, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: Disability Fraud Unit saves WV $8.1 million

From Bluefield Daily Telegraph: West Virginia’s Disability Fraud Unit is off to a strong start, having achieved more than $8.1 million in total savings for the Mountain State during its first two years of operation. The Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit, a partnership with the Social Security Administration, investigates suspicious or questionable disability claims. This includes […]

By February 24, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: WV Medical Cannabis Advisory Board proposal should go up in smoke

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: In authorizing sale of the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, for medicinal use, West Virginia legislators had the good sense to stipulate the smokable version of the weed would not be available. Now, an advisory board plans to recommend that ban be rescinded, in effect.That is crazy, not to mention […]

By February 21, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: West Virginia residents knowing how our money is spent

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register editorial Just a few months after West Virginia voters said yes to a $1.6 billion road improvement bond issue, state legislators want to limit the public’s ability to know how the money will be spent. Among promises made to sway voters in favor of the measure was one that most […]

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By February 21, 2018 Read More →

EDITORIAL: Public has right to know how its money is spent

The Journal editorial In October, voters in West Virginia approved a road bond referendum allowing the state to sell up to $1.6 billion in state bonds to improve state roads. West Virginia’s Roads to Prosperity — a $3 billion roads infrastructure spending plan — has been touted as not just fixing the state’s roads, but […]

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By February 21, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: The spending of tax dollars is the public’s business

Logan Banner editorial It’s ironic — and disheartening to open-government advocates — that while the West Virginia auditor’s office is touting the importance of public access to the state’s spending records, another branch of government is trying to place a shroud of secrecy on some of that information. That other government branch is a group of state […]

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By February 21, 2018 Read More →

EDITORIAL: Senate Bill 474 sheds light on leaders’ efforts to hide facts

The Exponent Telegram editorial: Consider it ironic that in introducing legislation to shield important facts from the public in regards to public projects funded through the taxpayer-supported road bond, lawmakers had shed light on their own fears of transparency. And that sums up Senate Bill 474, which would keep government entities from releasing for public […]

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