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May 3, 2018 by Seth DiStefano
Cutting Food Assistance No Reason to Celebrate

Charleston Daily Mail - In late March, a Daily Mail Opinion editorial exclaimed “Hallelujah!” in response to the signing of a bill that increases hardship for some of the most vulnerable West Virginians when times are tough (Public assistance done right under House Bill 4001, March 28, 2018). Story link. 

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April 23, 2018 by Ted Boettner
Supervised Injection Places Remove Needles, Save Lives and Money

Charleston Gazette - What if there was a way to get dirty needles off the streets while saving the city of Charleston hundreds of thousands of dollars, reducing infectious diseases such as HIV or hepatitis B and C, and saving dozens of lives in the process? Supervised injection facilities have been tried in other cities with…

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March 2, 2018 by WVCBP
What Happens When Local Control is Inconvenient?

Charleston Gazette - We’ve all heard the phrase “local control.” It’s about putting the decision-making power in the hands of those who live, work, and play in our communities. We have heard lawmakers say that the “best government is the one that governs closest to the people.” Story link.

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January 29, 2018 by Ted Boettner
Business tax cut helps out-of-state corporations, not WV

Charleston Gazette - State leaders are pushing for another large tax cut for corporations and they want you to pay for it. The constitutional amendment (SJR9) would phase out the industrial personal property tax on machinery, equipment, and inventory for manufacturing, coal mining, and natural gas and oil extraction. Link. 

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November 2, 2017 by Ted Boettner
Ted Boettner: West Virginia deserves better tax reform

Huntington Herald-Dispatch/Williamson Daily News - Tax policy is one of the best ways to understand the values of our elected officials. It provides a clear indication of who they are working for, how they want to grow the economy, and how they plan to tackle some of our country's biggest problems. Read/Read  Last week, the U.S. Senate…

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July 28, 2017 by WVCBP
Caitlin Cook: Congress Looks to Stifle One of Our Fastest Growing Industries

Charleston Gazette-Mail - There’s an untold story of success in our state and local economies. During the last decade, unknown to many, an industry —– one with good paying jobs and benefits — was gaining steam all across the Mountain State, and more specifically in rural areas where other industries have since left (Story Link). This industry…

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