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The Dignity of Earned Success

You may have noticed that there has been a lot of discussion recently about unemployment benefits across the United States, as well as right here in West Virginia. How much should unemployment benefits be? How long should unemployment benefits last? Who should qualify and why? Though these questions… Read More
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Policy Ideas for a Post-Pandemic World

Many of our individual lives have changed in some way or another due to the coronavirus. Similarly, lawmakers have a wide range of public policy options worthy of consideration as they are tasked with facilitating smooth transitions into post-coronavirus life and recovery of the localities and econo… Read More
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Hand Sanitizer, Price Gouging, and the Coronavirus:

Lately, it seems like everyone has a story, or a picture posted on their social media account of the cobwebs and a “LIMIT: 2” sign inhabiting the store shelves where hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray or wipes, or toilet paper used to live. After leaving the store empty-handed, maybe you thought… Read More
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“Well, It’s an Election Year…”

Does West Virginia have time to wait? No, it does not. Will it wait? Yes, I’m afraid it must. As most West Virginians know, the state’s economy, education system, and demographics are not healthy. Are they better than a few years ago? Certainly. However, West Virginia is not in a… Read More
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An Economist Ruins Christmas Gift Giving. . . Maybe

Friends, Christmas is less than a week away! Hopefully, you’ve finished all your shopping. If not… I wish you luck this weekend out with fellow procrastinators.   With the spirit of gift-giving in the air, there are two key ways to think about the gifts you pick out for friends… Read More
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Halloween Haunts: Rest in Peace

In these Halloween Haunts, we share some frightening government waste of  taxpayer money that is truly scarier than any horror film!    The Untrackable $200 million Asset   State lawmakers finally created a centralized state vehicle inventory system in 2018 to help track as many as 12,000 gover… Read More
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Halloween Haunts: Trick or Treat!

In these Halloween Haunts, we share some frightening government waste of  taxpayer money that is truly scarier than any horror film!    Superintendent’s Five-Finger Discount Yields Felony Charges A former superintendent and curriculum director for Logan County Public Schools, was charged with t… Read More
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Halloween Haunts: Phantom Leases

In these Halloween Haunts, we share some frightening government waste of taxpayer money that is truly scarier than any horror film!    Health and Human Resources Wastes $1 Million on Phantom Leases   The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) wasted nearly $1 million… Read More
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The Unseen Genius of Prices

We interact with prices every day.   But, what is a price? What do these prices mean? What information do prices convey?   Take a moment to think about it.   If you’re like me – most of the time, those interactions take the form of their sum ballooning… Read More
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A Mountain to Climb: The High Barriers of Occupational Licensing in West Virginia

Along with its partner, the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation at Saint Francis University, the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy released the final results from its study on the occupational licensing regime in West Virginia this week. In the study, we looked at West Vir… Read More
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