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A Valentine to West Virginia

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, there is a lot to love about West Virginia. This is my valentine to West Virginia containing a few of my favorite things. Our Wild And Wonderfulness Firstly, West Virginians truly live in a natural playground. When it comes to getting… Read More
West Virginia Hope Scholarship

West Virginia Hope Scholarship: Funding Students, Not Systems

The West Virginia Hope Scholarship continues to innovate, expanding access to students across the Mountain State. On December 13, 2023, the Hope Scholarship program announced that applications to the program will soon be accepted year-round. The new cycle will include a system of… Read More
Benefit Cliffs Create Difficult Decisions

Benefit Cliffs Put West Virginians Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Benefit Cliffs Put West Virginians In A Tough Position The most recent report published here at the Cardinal Institute highlights benefit cliffs and how they affect the individuals and families who are counting on safety net assistance to meet needs during challenging economic times. My fellow blog… Read More
Benefit Cliffs Hurt Single Moms Most

Benefit Cliffs: When It Doesn’t Make Sense To Work

Benefit Cliffs Prevent Work We have all heard, at one time or another, terms that look to describe or deride people who take advantage of public benefits programs. I won’t list them here, but we’ve all heard them. These terms are the result of sometimes righteous frustration with… Read More
Have you ever considered the unintended consequences of staying up late watching Netflix?

Unintended Consequences: “I didn’t think of that…”

What are Unintended Consequences? A bit of a silly question, considering that the term is nearly self-defining. In short, unintended consequences are any unforeseen results, positive or negative, of deliberate action. We are all familiar with unintended consequences in our day-to-day lives. Struggli… Read More
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Liberty Does Not Mean A Free-For-All

Liberty Transcends Political Boundaries The Cardinal Institute exists to research and communicate freedom oriented public policy in West Virginia. “Freedom oriented public policy” transcends political ideology. Sometimes, freedom oriented policy seems conservative, especially when it comes to talkin… Read More
Republican Presidential Candidates

Republican Presidential Candidates on School Choice

What do Republican Presidential Candidates Have to Say About School Choice? School Choice initiatives aim to introduce education to the marketplace. These programs give parents purchasing power, free students from zip code based schools, and bring innovation to schooling. While school choice is larg… Read More
Wedding dress seized under civil asset forfeiture law

What is Civil Asset Forfeiture?

In the United States, civil asset forfeiture is a legal process through which law enforcement officers may seize assets from individuals that they suspect of committing a crime. The key here is “suspect” of committing a crime. There is no requirement for the person whose assets were seized… Read More
West Virginia

Why Is It Still Light Outside? Reflections on Leaving West Virginia

Leaving West Virginia I am West Virginian, born and bred. I was born 15 minutes down the road from where I would live in Logan County. My parents raised me in an unincorporated community outside a very small town in a river valley. Apparently, they took me to… Read More
Freedom to Work

West Virginia in Bottom Half of States for Freedom to Work

West Virginia Has Some of the Worst Barriers to Work in the United States A new report from the Archbridge Institute has revealed just how difficult big government makes working in the Mountain State. In terms of occupational licensing burden, West Virginia clocks in at… Read More