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West Virginia Should Eliminate CON Laws

By Garrett Ballengee originally published by West Virginia Executive Magazine as an Executive Exclusive.   Experts say that certificate-of-need (CON) laws are hurting the quality of health care in West Virginia, but there are efforts to eliminate the onerous regulations. CON laws require health… Read More
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Let’s give Hope (scholarship) to those that need it.

SEE IF YOUR CHILD QUALIFIES FOR THE HOPE SCHOLARSHIP   One of the top concerns for everyone is equity in education. On paper we have done a good job, investing near average for the nation per capita despite having a historically low GDP. But beyond budgetary reports, how equitable… Read More
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School Choice Stories: Jaimee Szymanski Fisher

“I am a speech language pathologist here in the northern panhandle of West Virginia and I specialize in dyslexia. I have a private practice where I work with both children and adults, on diagnosis and then point them in the right direction for tutoring – whether that’s with me or programs… Read More
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School Choice Stories: Katie Switzer

“My husband and I moved to West Virginia about four years ago. We have three children and expecting our fourth in the next month. Our oldest just turned five and he’s getting ready to enter kindergarten.”   “As we prepare for that, my husband and I have started to explore… Read More
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Hoping for a Career? Hope Scholarships Can Help

Lots of kids would thrive in career or technical education (CTE) but are currently in schools that do not meet their needs. Many of these students are fortunate to have free public options available. That’s not true everywhere, but Education Savings Accounts (ESAs, known as Hope Scholarships) can ma… Read More
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West Virginia’s Bright, Bold Future

Tomorrow, the West Virginia State Legislature gavels in to begin its 85th session. On the agenda are promises of bold ideas for reform – encouraging a better future for generations of West Virginians to come.   Very few see promise within West Virginia’s hills, but for mountaineers full o… Read More
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Eliminating the Income Tax: A State Success Story

For many, January marks the anxious start to tax season and reminds us how much the government takes from our paychecks every year. But what if there was a way to keep more money in your pocket?  … Read More
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Not Free to Speak about the First Amendment

The political events of 2020 and 2021 have shown how important it is to know our Constitution. Unfortunately, most of us don’t. Even worse, it’s hard to raise money for people who teach the Constitution because of state laws that restrict free speech. There are great organizations that help teachers… Read More
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How Tax Credits Built the “Good Ol’ Boys’ System”

Ask any American about the core problems with government, and you’re sure to hear stories of the “good ol’ boys’ club”. That group that tosses good bills, sneaks in bad pork, and generally twists the arm of government into making themselves even richer. It’s no secret… Read More
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Pandemic Learning Loss in West Virginia and the Path Forward

There’s no question that children throughout the country have suffered learning losses since the onset of the pandemic and the transition to virtual learning. The vital questions now center around how much learning loss has occurred and how can those losses most effectively be overcome. Thanks to ne… Read More
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