OpEds

March 27, 2020 by Sean O'Leary
Sean O’Leary: Financial Aid to WV Crucial During Coronavirus

Charleston Gazette-Mail - A crisis like the coronavirus outbreak creates an immense amount of pressure on state and local government finances. Demand for vital public services escalates just as the revenue to support those services takes a major downturn. Read op-ed. West Virginia is already in a tight budget situation, with resources stretched thin. Before…

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March 13, 2020 by WVCBP
COVID-19 Exposes Holes in Social Safety Net (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail - As of publication, no cases of COVID-19 have been identified in West Virginia, but it is very likely only a matter of time until our state’s residents are affected. Read op-ed. While the Governor’s Office and state agencies are taking this issue very seriously, this pandemic has revealed serious holes in our…

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March 11, 2020 by Kelly Allen
Kelly Allen: Paid Sick Leave is Good Health Care Policy

Beckley Register-Herald - Like many things, the coronavirus is exposing the disproportionate impacts that disease has on those with the least in our country. “Just stay home if you’re sick” is much easier said than done. Read op-ed. The ability to stay home when you are sick is heavily dependent on whether your employer offers…

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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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