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Election Results in WV: Reading the (Political) Tea Leaves

Primary Elections Are Over On Tuesday, May 14, West Virginians went to the polls to cast their votes in the 2024 primary election. In a deep red – or blue – state, the primary election simply matters more than the general election as the general contest is, normally, non-competitive. Thus,… Read More
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2024 West Virginia Legislative Session Recap and Reflections

The 2024 West Virginia Legislative Session in Numbers It is the end of the 2024 West Virginia Legislative Session. As the action in Charleston has wrapped up, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on what has transpired. Certainly, there were fireworks and heated debates along the way. Interestingly… 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
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October in West Virginia: Halloween and Fear

There’s Something Special About October I love October in West Virginia; I always have. The crispness of chilly morning air, the smell and sound of leaves falling after their far-too-short burst of autumnal color, the general stillness outdoors as people begin to spend more time inside, and, o… Read More
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Mental Health in the Mountain State

Here at the Cardinal Institute, we’re devoted to prosperity for West Virginia. However, it’s hard for anyone to prosper when they are attempting to cope with anxiety, depression, and addiction. To start a business or have a successful career, one must have a sound mind. The good news is that… Read More
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A Growing Body of Research On Certificate of Need Regulations

Research About Certificate of Need Regulations Grows At the beginning of June, I had the opportunity to spend two days in Morgantown with a collection of scholars. They came from around the country, but all had ties to West Virginia. We spent that time learning about, providing feedback to new… Read More
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Remote Workers Welcome in the Mountain State

West Virginia Should Become a Top State for Remote Workers In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, remote work is here to stay. In 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 35% of men and 42% of women are working from home – either some or all days per… Read More
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End CON and Unleash Healthcare in West Virginia

CON Laws Are Hurting West Virginians’ Health Regulation is killing West Virginia. We have the highest prevalence of heart attacks, lung cancer, and drug overdose deaths of any state across the U.S. We rank highest in the nation for poor physical health and mental health. Despite such grim stat… Read More
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Certificate of Need Laws: A Brief History

What is a certificate of need? Certificate of Need (CON) laws are regulatory impediments instituted in thirty-five states requiring many health care providers to receive authorization from the state’s health regulatory board in order to open a new, or expand, an existing health facility. CON i… Read More
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ChatGPT Talks CON Laws

Interviewing OpenAI’s ChatGPT About Certificate of Need Laws Technology is growing incredibly fast, so I wanted to see what AI thinks of current health care regulations. I recently sat down with OpenAI’s ChatGPT and was briefly able to discuss Certificate of Need (CON) laws with it. Here is… Read More
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