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Let’s give Hope (scholarship) to those that need it.

February 13, 2021

One of the top concerns for everyone is equity in education. On paper we have done a good job, investing near average for the nation per capita despite having a historically low GDP. But beyond budgetary reports, how equitable is our education system? The Current System West Virginia’s model works well for the rich; they […]

Eliminating the Income Tax: A State Success Story

February 4, 2021

For many, January marks the anxious start to tax season and reminds us how much the government takes from our paychecks every year. But what if there was a way to keep more money in your pocket?   After the November general election, Governor Justice announced that his top priority is to eliminate the state […]

Ep.011: The Costs of the Opioid Crisis

January 19, 2021

Alex Brill is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies the impact of tax policy on the US economy as well as the fiscal, economic, and political consequences of tax, budget, health care, retirement security, and trade policies. He also works on health care reform, pharmaceutical spending and drug innovation, […]

Income Taxes, Kansas, and the Mountain State

December 17, 2020

State legislators are considering the elimination of the personal income tax in the upcoming Spring session. These discussions have sparked a conversation about taxation and why it is essential to a government’s functioning.   Opponents to abolishing the income tax claim that West Virginia would lose 43% of the state budget after the bill’s passage; […]

More Contracts, More Problems

November 19, 2020

Some things in life simply require a second serving. Ice cream, Netflix episodes, and French fries all aren’t the same without just a little bit more. Unfortunately, our gluttonous state government has gone in for seconds- on an expensive and complex technology contract. As reported by Metro News, Governor Justice signed a contract that will […]

What Could Have Been. . .

August 27, 2020

Teachers, parents, students, and everyone in between are gearing up for some kind of start to the 2020-21 school year. There’s no denying that uncertainty is the prevailing theme this school year.   Will the year start in person or virtually? Can the spread of the coronavirus be contained? What will enrollments look like? Is […]

Policy Ideas for a Post-Pandemic World

June 4, 2020

Many of our individual lives have changed in some way or another due to the coronavirus. Similarly, lawmakers have a wide range of public policy options worthy of consideration as they are tasked with facilitating smooth transitions into post-coronavirus life and recovery of the localities and economies they, and the constituents they represent, are a […]

Drain the Swamp: Relocate the Department of Labor to West Virginia

October 24, 2019

Is it time to relocate Washington, D.C.? Well, not in a literal geographical sense – that would be a feat that would make even Marvel supervillain, Ultron, blush. (Look up the plot for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.) More realistically, what about relocating the litany of federal agencies that currently sit in our nation’s capital? […]

The Unseen Genius of Prices

September 26, 2019

We interact with prices every day.   But, what is a price? What do these prices mean? What information do prices convey?   Take a moment to think about it.   If you’re like me – most of the time, those interactions take the form of their sum ballooning wildly out of control and rapidly […]

Politicians and Potato Chips: Political vs. Traditional Markets

July 11, 2019

“Remember in November”   We’ve been hearing that line for a while, and no doubt, we’ll continue to – especially now that the special session on “education betterment” is complete, and that resolution included the West Virginia Legislature allowing for the creation of the state’s first (three) charter schools among the laundry list of other […]


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