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Income Taxes, Kansas, and the Mountain State

State legislators are considering the elimination of the personal income tax in the upcoming Spring session. These discussions have sparked a conversation about taxation and why it is essential to a government’s functioning.   Opponents to abolishing the income tax claim that West Virgini… Read More
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More Contracts, More Problems

Some things in life simply require a second serving. Ice cream, Netflix episodes, and French fries all aren’t the same without just a little bit more. Unfortunately, our gluttonous state government has gone in for seconds- on an expensive and complex technology contract. As reported by Metro News, G… Read More
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What Could Have Been. . .

Teachers, parents, students, and everyone in between are gearing up for some kind of start to the 2020-21 school year. There’s no denying that uncertainty is the prevailing theme this school year.   Will the year start in person or virtually? Can the spread of the coronavirus be contained? What… 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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Jeff Kimble

Jeff Kimble is a lawyer practicing in the Clarksburg office of Robinson & McElwee PLLC where he serves on the firm’s board of directors. His practice primarily involves commercial and corporate defense with a particular focus on property-related litigation. Jeff serves on the Board of Directors… 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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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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Politicians and Potato Chips: Political vs. Traditional Markets

“Remember in November”   We’ve been hearing that line for a while, and no doubt, we’ll continue to – especially now that the special session on “education betterment” is complete, and that resolution included the West Virginia Legislature allowing for the creation of the state’s first (three)… Read More
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How About a Soda Tax for West Virginia?

The WV News reached out to the Cardinal Institute to get our thoughts on a recent proposal to increase the soda tax in West Virginia as a means to fight obesity and inject more money into the state’s budget. So, what were Cardinal’s thoughts? It is the Nanny State run… Read More
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James C. Musser, Esq.

James C. Musser is an independent consultant and serves as a Senior Policy Expert at the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy, a Virginia-based think tank, where he focuses on economic issues. Mr. Musser has served as Special Adviser to the Chairman of the House Budget Committee and… Read More