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Media Mention: West Virginia to end fiscal year with small budget surplus despite COVID-19

In this Washington Examiner article, Cardinal’s executive director, Garrett Ballengee, is quoted on West Virginia’s fiscal year-end surplus: The West Virginia-based, free-market Cardinal Institute had mixed opinions on the announcement. Although Executive Director Garrett Ballengee saw t… Read More
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Garrett Ballengee talks (more!) on the WV state budget on Talk Radio WRNR

Garrett Ballengee, executive director of the Cardinal Institute, discusses tax reform and the WV state budget on WRNR Talk Radio. Listen here: Talk Radio WRNR – June 6… Read More
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WV Budget Crisis Episode 2

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Governor’s Budget Proposal: Both Disappointing and Promising

For Immediate Release CONTACT: Garrett Ballengee 304-561-7634 Governor’s budget doubles down on bet that West Virginia’s prosperity to come from Charleston CHARLESTON, WV (February 9, 2017) — During yesterday’s address, the 36th Governor of West Virginia, Governor Jim Justice, offered his budget pro… Read More
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WV Budget Crisis Episode 1

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A Note From the Executive Director on the WV Budget Crisis (2016/2017)

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Garrett Ballengee talks tax reform and the WV state budget on WRNR Talk Radio

Garrett Ballengee, executive director of the Cardinal Institute, discusses tax reform and the WV state budget on WRNR Talk Radio. Listen to the full interview here!… Read More
what public policy reforms are needed next for families in WV?

What Public Policy Reforms Are Next?

Big Wins In K-12 Public Policy, But What’s Next? There is little doubt that West Virginia’s public policy problems are legion. They have built up over the last several decades. First and foremost among said problems was a lack of options in the state’s calcified K-12 education system. With… Read More
Congress recently passed the American Rescue Plan

American Rescue Plan Dooms Tax Cuts

On March 11th, President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion relief plan. Known as the American Rescue Plan, this Act intended to help the American economy recover from the year-long coronavirus pandemic. The most discussed parts of the program are the individual stimulus checks and expansion of the… Read More
WV state government is known for its wild and wasteful spending.

Wild & Wasteful Spending in West Virginia

Wasteful Spending: A Trade Secret   In 2017, an investigation was launched into the West Virginia Supreme Court for overzealous spending. 2009 sparked a renovation initiative for the Court with a price tag of roughly $876,000. But, by 2017, the expenses ballooned to $3.7 billion. Most notable o… Read More