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Garrett Ballengee celebrating West Virginia School Choice Week

School Choice Week 2022: Closing Remarks

Closing Remarks, NSCW Rally (These remarks were delivered by Garrett Ballengee at the closing celebration of West Virginia’s week-long National School Choice Week festivities on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at the West Virginia Capitol.)   First, I would like to thank everyone who attended today’… Read More

Bitcoin: A Free-Market Monetary Solution

Are There Free-Market Solutions to Monetary Policy? Have you ever wondered what a monetary system that inherently embraces the free market might look like? Perhaps there is a new phenomenon in the market that can answer the questions about what happens when one has complete and total control of thei… Read More
Education Reform

Charter Schools in West Virginia 101

In addition to the Hope Scholarship Program, West Virginia is currently preparing for the implementation of its charter school program. Charter schools were legalized to, “empower new, innovative, and more flexible ways of educating all children.” With the expansion of the program in 2021, West Virg… Read More
Economic Development Incentives are a bad idea

Economic Development Incentives: Silver Bullets or Snake Oil?

Handouts for Businesses Throughout the country, state and local governments have employed economic development incentives in an attempt to catalyze local economic conditions. These incentives often take the form of tax breaks to businesses. Sometimes, they take the form of grants. Government officia… Read More
Jessi Troyan returns home to West Virginia

A West Virginia Boomerang

Leaving Home Ten years ago, my family and I loaded up a small U-Haul truck and drove it to the DC suburbs. As I started graduate school at George Mason University, 21-year-old me was so excited for this new adventure.   As I caught a final glimpse of… Read More
Net migration for WV is positive for the first time in over a decade!

Positive Net Migration: Good News for West Virginia!

As most West Virginians know, the state’s population trend has been on a downward slope since the 1950s. The state had a larger population then than it does today in 2021. This is despite the nation’s overall population more than doubling over the same time period. However, something may… Read More
Ranked-choice voting could work

Can Ranked-Choice Voting Work for Conservatives?

Conservatives give me the stink eye when I tell them I favor ranked-choice voting, which many jurisdictions are considering for 2022. But when combined with election integrity and voter education, this alternative voting process has advantages that outweigh its… Read More
WV needs to be more competitive

Let’s Make West Virginia More Competitive!

New Year, New Policies As the calendar nears its annual turnover, the Cardinal Institute will be turning its attention to new endeavors as well. While education will continue to be a major priority for us, the fact remains that West Virginia has many more mountaintops of policy reform that must… Read More
School Fair in Wheeling!

National School Choice Week 2022 Events

Find your perfect school at the School Fair!… Read More
Education Reform

WV Should Create a Refundable Education Tax Credit

West Virginia Should Consider Refundable Education Tax Credits in 2022 The future of education is strong in West Virginia. The Hope Scholarship is heading towards full implementation in July, and five charter schools will be operational for the 2022-2023 school year. With these two victories achieve… Read More