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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
Education Sherpa

Education Sherpas

A Seismic Shift in the Education Landscape The world of K-12 education has undergone a seismic shift since the COVID-19 pandemic. Righteous parental response to school shutdowns, remote learning, exposure to curriculum, and unequal access to online education precipitated massive legislative response… Read More
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Extending Foster Care Services for a Successful Adulthood Transition

West Virginia Offers Extended Foster Care Services West Virginia is one of 26 states that allows foster care services to be extended after the age of 17 through the age of 21 for teens transitioning into adulthood. Extended foster care services include optional services for previous foster care indi… Read More
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‘Tis the Season for Goodwill: Eliminate CON

Tis the Season to Enjoy West Virginia’s Beauty Christmas is my favorite time of year; West Virginia’s tenacious spirit is perfectly exposed during the holiday season. It’s during these somber, chilly months that I miss my home state the most. However, this year’s yuletide pilgrimage back… Read More

2024 Policy Priorities

Cardinal’s Policy Priorities for the 2024 Legislative Session An annual tradition, the Cardinal Institute released its main policy priorities ahead of West Virginia’s 2024 legislative session. This year, session runs from January 10 through March 9. These priorities represent the main policy r… 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
Public Policy in West Virginia

The Hard Work of Conservative Policy Reform in West Virginia Begins Now

Nearly A Decade of Change in West Virginia It boggles the mind what’s happened to West Virginia since 2014. There is no doubt since Republicans became West Virginia’s legislative majority in 2014 that the state’s policy landscape has changed. The average West Virginian in 2013 would scarcely believe… 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
Empirical Economic Research

Empirical Economics: The Good & The Bad

Economic Research Hasn’t Always Been This Way The state of economic and social science research has come a long way since it began. While sitting in a seminar about trends in the economics profession, the use of data in research was one of the topics that provoked personal thoughts. Read More