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Tax Reform

Tax Reform and Groundhog Day

It’s Groundhog Day in West Virginia In the 1993 hit movie starring Bill Murray, Groundhog Day, Bill Murray’s sarcastic, cynical character, tv weatherman Phil Connors, wakes up experiencing the same day over and over again, which, as the title suggests, is Groundhog Day. Once Phil realizes… Read More
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Open Enrollment in West Virginia: Everything You Need to Know

Public School Choice Many states have policies which allow students to attend traditional public schools outside of their zoned attendance area. These policies are under the umbrella of open enrollment, which, as defined by National School Choice Week, are policies that, “make it… Read More
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Americans Need Access to Health Savings Accounts

What is a Health Savings Account? 90% of Americans have no access to a powerful health savings tool: a Health Savings Account (HSA).   A Health Savings Account (HSA) is a bank account, similar to a 401(k), which allows individuals… Read More
Jessi Troyan

Loss of Connection and the Future of Freedom

The Most Significant Challenges & Opportunities for the Future of Freedom The distance we have put between ourselves in service of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic presents one of the largest challenges to the preservation of freedom. Luckily, the solution is relatively simple – reconnection. &nbs… Read More
Garrett Ballengee

Supermajority in West Virginia: Now What?

Thoughts from the Day After the Election Republicans Now Have a Super Supermajority in West Virginia You have likely heard the news that West Virginia has increased its existing Republican supermajority in the House and Senate. On Tuesday, the majority increased from 78 to 88 delegates in the House… Read More
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Victory for Nonprofit Advocacy

Victory for Nonprofit Advocacy: Subpoenas Quashed Government Bullies Nonprofits Two nonprofits were harassed by the U.S. government for exercising their rights to engage in social and political issues to further their mission, but a judge put a stop to it after the Cardinal Institute and dozens of o… Read More
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West Virginia Isn’t Family Friendly

Is West Virginia Really Committed to Being Family-Friendly? Since 2016, the Mountain State has prided itself on its commitment to families. Through monumental education reform, parents and their children now have a say in their futures, creating brighter possibilities than ever before seen in West V… Read More
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The Hope Scholarship is Constitutional. Now What?

The Hope Scholarship is Constitutional! On October 6th, 2022, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that the Hope Scholarship program is constitutional, allowing the program to resume operations. Because of this decision, families who were previously approved… Read More
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The American Diet, Health Care, and Big Government

American Life Spans Are Shorter Than They Should Be Of the 37 richest countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the U.S ranks 28th in life expectancy. This is far behind the top three nations: Japan (84.4 years), Spain (84.0),… Read More
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Amendment 3: What You Need To Know

On November 8th, Mountaineers will vote for their members of the US House of Representatives and the State Legislature. Nestled under the legislative races are four amendments to the West Virginia Constitution. One of these is Amendment 3: Incorporation of Churches or Religious Denominations Amendme… Read More