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Cardinal Institute Applauds Promises to Fund Pay Raises with Spending Cuts

Free-market think tank applauds promises made to finance public employee pay raises through spending cuts and rather than tax increases CHARLESTON, WV (March 6, 2018) — The Cardinal Institute for WV Policy applauds reports of the commitment being made to pay for public employee pay raises through sp… Read More
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Cardinal Institute on WVPB’s “The Legislature Today” (Television)

On “The Legislature Today,” Cardinal’s executive director, Garrett Ballengee, discusses the free-market perspective on some public policy debates happening in the Capitol building. The questions discussed are below: Level of confidence in West Virginia economy? Genuine Progress Ind… Read More
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“100 Days in Appalachia” Interviews Cardinal Institute on Lessons for Congress from West Virginia

In this “100 Days in Appalachia” piece, the Cardinal Institute discusses why tax reform is so difficult, spending cuts are much harder to implement in practice, and what Congress can learn from West Virginia’s efforts at reform. To read more, click here. Read More
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Democrats Say Kansas Revenue Crash Should Be a Warning (State Journal)

(Published on June 12, 2017 at Democrats Say Kansas Revenue Crash Should be a Warning – State Journal) Democrats in the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates say recent events in the state of Kansas should serve as a warning to West Virginia lawmakers contemplating eliminating the… Read More
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First Slow Spending

Since the beginning of the legislative session on January 11, 2017, West Virginia has been consumed with discussion over the budget crisis. While the discussion can be exhausting and repetitive, it has provided a forum for two competing visions for West Virginia. The first vision essentially doubles… Read More
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Whether Eliminating Income Taxes Will Help West Virginia Depends on Who You Ask

(Published May 29, 2017 at Whether Eliminating Income Taxes Will Help West Virginia Depends on Who You Ask) During a recent debate on the floor of the West Virginia Senate, Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, called a plan to move the state’s tax structure to consumption taxes… Read More
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Nowhere to cut the fat? Ha! Try $330 Million! – The Tom Roten Morning Show

Executive Director of the Cardinal Institute, Garrett Ballengee, was on The Tom Roten Morning Show on May 24 to talk excessive government spending and the, at the time, ongoing budget discussions. Listen here: Nowhere to cut the fat?… Read More
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Garrett Ballengee: Legislators have a chance to reverse the status quo (Daily Mail)

(Published May 4, 2017 at Daily Mail: Legislators have a chance to reverse the status quo) Opportunity, like many things in life, is a fleeting thing — here one moment and gone the next, ready to benefit those with the foresight and bravery to seize upon it. Read More
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Garrett Ballengee: How not to bring West Virginia back to life (Daily Mail)

In one of the Cardinal Institute’s most popular op-eds, the case is made that West Virginia is already dead. The question we must ask ourselves is what is the best way to bring the state back to life. To read the article in the Daily Mail opinion page of the Charleston… Read More
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Lessons learned from Puerto Rico?

Op-ed originally published in the Journal News. By Garrett Ballengee At first glance, the similarities between Puerto Rico and West Virginia are few and far between. The former is an ever-warm tropical island that is home to the pina colada as well as to some of the world’s most… Read More