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Suspend Certificate of Need Laws Now

Yesterday our Executive Director sent a letter to Governor Justice pleading with him to immediately and indefinitely suspend Certificate of Need laws in response to the COVID-19 crisis facing West Virginia. Maybe you’ve never heard of Certificate of Need (CON) laws, but, in a nutshell, these laws re… 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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New Year, New West Virginia!

If you’re like most people, you make resolutions at the beginning of every year – lose weight, read more books, travel someplace new, finish a degree, etc. A new year is a chance at a fresh start – it’s an easy marker on the calendar that allows you to push… 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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Drain the Swamp: Relocate the Department of Labor to West Virginia

Is it time to relocate Washington, D.C.? Well, not in a literal geographical sense – that would be a feat that would make even Marvel supervillain, Ultron, blush. (Look up the plot for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.) More realistically, what about relocating the litany of federal agencies that cu… Read More
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Certified to Succeed: Private Certification as an Alternative to State Occupational Licensing

Government regulation of most industries is taken for granted. However, there are many fields where the free market could do a better job regulating quality and protecting consumers than the existing government apparatus. Government-imposed occupational licensing is often a burdensome requirement on… Read More
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