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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
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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