OpEds

May 20, 2018 by Kelly Allen
Federal Policies Punish Most West Virginians

Huntington Herald Dispatch - Budgets and legislation are reflective of values, and this Congress and President Trump keep showing us where their priorities lie. Under the Trump Administration, hard-working West Virginians are repeatedly punished - via the tax bill, proposed cuts to food assistance and disability insurance, and efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Story…

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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 22, 2018 by Seth DiStefano
SNAP Bill Conflicts with Our Core Values

Beckley Register-Herald - When you enter the home of any West Virginian, you will be asked two questions: Are you hungry? Would you like something to eat? Story link.

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March 2, 2018 by Caitlin Cook
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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