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The Folly of Tax Increases

Op-ed originally published in the Journal News. By Garrett Ballengee “A relatively large portion of the state’s resources are devoted to government activities.” So said the 2016 West Virginia Economic Outlook, a publication of West Virginia University’s Bureau of Business and… Read More
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Cardinal Institute Releases New Tax Reform Study

For Immediate Release January 28, 2016 Contact: Garrett Ballengee (304.561.7634) Cardinal Institute Releases New Tax Reform Study Study finds up to $1 billion in new investment and disposable income could be realized with broad-based tax reform CHARLESTON, WV (March 10, 2016) – As the state le… Read More
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Good Governance and Ethics Reform

Good governance is a critical principle that is required for any well-functioning political system. Legislators, policymakers, and public employees must behave in a manner that is consistent with the highest ethical code and standards. Recognizing that ethical violations will–and often do–occur, Wes… Read More
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How a Blue State Came to Love the Right to Work

Story originally published in The Daily Signal. By Philip Wegmann At the end of a long political road, West Virginia may have arrived at the place conservatives think the Mountain State belongs. The Republican-controlled legislature has sent a right-to-work bill to the desk of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin,… Read More
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WV Metro News: Conservative Groups Identify $330 Million in WV Government Waste

Originally appeared in WV Metro News. By Hoppy Kercheval When Bill Maloney was running for Governor of West Virginia he often claimed he could reduce state spending dramatically by eliminating millions of dollars in government fraud, waste and abuse. Maloney lost twice, so he never got the chance… Read More
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Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy and Taxpayers Protection Alliance Release Report on Wasteful State Spending, Misuse of Taxpayer Funds

For Immediate Release January 28, 2016 Contact: Garrett Ballengee (304.561.7634) David Williams (202.258.6527) Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy and Taxpayers Protection Alliance Release Report on Wasteful State Spending, Misuse of Taxpayer Funds (Charleston, W.Va.) – Today, the Card… Read More
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Garrett Ballengee, David Williams: State Wastes $330M in Taxpayer Money

Originally appeared in the Charleston Gazette-Mail. West Virginia is in the throes of a budget crisis. According to many state decision-makers, the $353 million shortfall is the result of reduced revenues due to the shaky state economy and plummeting coal and natural gas prices. No doubt this is… Read More
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Garrett Ballengee: Unleashing Growth in 2016, State by State

Originally appeared in The Hill. As 2016 approaches and the U.S. concludes another year of unimpressive economic growth — a situation we’ve, unfortunately, become accustomed to — it’s a perfect time to reflect upon the importance of economic freedom. Does economic freedom matter and, if so, how can… Read More
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Garrett Ballengee: A Cure for What Ails West Virginia

Originally appeared in the Charleston Gazette-Mail. Where should I educate my child? Where should I work? Where can my family enjoy the most opportunities to succeed? Every day, millions of people ask themselves these questions. And every day, fewer of them are seeing West Virginia as the… Read More