OpEds

January 30, 2020 by WVCBP
Rick Wilson: Corporate Tax Cuts Get WV Nowhere (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Back in 2007, the West Virginia Legislature dramatically changed the state’s tax system, reducing business taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars per year. The package included phasing out the business franchise tax and reducing the corporate net income tax from 9 percent to 6.5 percent. Other cuts and credits would follow.…

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January 9, 2020 by Ted Boettner
Ted Boettner: Another Round of Corporate Tax Cuts Last Thing WV Needs

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Legislative leadership appears poised to pass yet another round of corporate tax cuts that will hurt working families, our schools and colleges, and push more money out-of-state to large corporations. It doesn’t have to be this way. Lawmakers could instead put their efforts toward investing in our communities, our health, our education, and…

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December 29, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Kelly Allen: Health Care Under Threat as ACA Battle Continues

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Earlier this month, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals released a long-awaited ruling on Texas v. United States, a court case regarding the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). When the lawsuit was filed last year, it was roundly mocked as frivolous by legal experts on both sides of the political…

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November 15, 2019 by Seth DiStefano
Seth DiStefano: For Low-Wage Workers, What Comes Next?

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Recently, residents of the Kanawha Valley have heard a great deal from elected officials about the success of the sports complex at Shawnee Park and the remodeling of the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center. The conversations about these two projects always find their way back to the same term: economic development. Read op-ed.…

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November 8, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Ted Boettner: Health Care Premiums Just Taxes by Another Name

Charleston Gazette-Mail - While the United States is a low-tax country compared to most industrialized nations, for a majority of Americans it doesn’t feel this way. That’s largely because private health insurance companies receive a large portion of our income every month. If we sent our money to a publicly run health insurance plan (e.g. Medicare)…

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October 9, 2019 by Sean O'Leary
Sean O’Leary: Use Economic Data With Care

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Every year, at our Summer Policy Institute, I give a presentation to the students there on finding and working with economic and other data sources. One of the key lessons is that, with economic data, particularly in a small state like West Virginia, there is a balance between timeliness and accuracy. Read…

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September 20, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Kelly Allen: SNAP is Effective Anti-Poverty Program

Beckley Register-Herald - West Virginians often show our love through sharing food. Whether it’s a big pot of beans and cornbread on the stove when we show up to a relative’s house or a friend sharing her “world famous” pepperoni roll recipe, we show love by filling up bellies. Read op-ed. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance…

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September 13, 2019 by Linda Frame
Wagner, Frame: Proposed Rule Only Helps Debt Collectors Harass Citizens

Charleston Gazette-Mail - In May, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a proposed rule regarding abusive debt collection practices. Contrary to the Bureau’s pretense that it protects consumers, the proposal unfortunately only helps collectors track down and harass them. Read op-ed. The rules will help collectors contact consumers via text and direct messages — even…

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August 25, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Kelly Allen: Equality for Women? Close Income Gap

This week marks the 99th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment, granting women (though not black or native women, in many cases) the right to vote. Read this op-ed in the Beckley Register-Herald. This date has become known as Women’s Equality Day, but nearly a century later, women – and particularly women of…

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August 20, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Ted Boettner: Time to Raise Gas Severance Tax

West Virginians have something to learn from Alaskans. Several years ago, Jay Hammond, the Republican governor of Alaska from 1974-1982, wrote a memoir called “Diapering the Devil,” about how Alaska turned its rich oil assets into an everlasting source of wealth by creating the Alaska Permanent Fund. Read op-ed in the Charleston Gazette-Mail. During the…

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