Policy Development Principles

One of the greatest things about the American system of government and our 50 states is that each state is its own incubator for ideas. We have so many different examples of what works and what doesn’t that we in turn can apply to our reform efforts here in West Virginia. Those examples provide us real life results that we can use to determine what will have the greatest chance of success here at home.

The policy changes we seek to reform are focused on the basic fundamentals of a free-market system.

All activities and policies developed by the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy shall be:

  • driven by data and facts through rigorous analysis
  • adequately informed by the implementation of actions and policies in other states, locales, and government entities
  • tailored for the specific circumstances in West Virginia
  • budget neutral or generate a budget savings over the entire life cycle of the initiative