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College Graduates

Best & Worst College Degrees in West Virginia

Which College Degrees Are Best and Worst in West Virginia? This week the Cardinal Institute published the second—perhaps annual—report on the financial outcomes of college degrees in West Virginia. Last year’s report, using the U.S. Department of Education’s standards, identified 21 failing and 64 p… Read More

Blockchain and Healthcare

The Future of Health Care is Digital A new report from KPMG found health leaders are beginning to spend more on digital health solutions — marking a major shift in health care investments. Given how flawed present models of healthcare record keeping are,… Read More
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
Health Savings Account

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