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Paid Family and Medical Leave means dignity for working families


“No one should have to choose between healing from surgery and bonding with their baby, or eating.”

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Popular Conservative Commentator Calls for Increase in Immigration to Aid West Virginia


Our roads are a mess, but Hoppy Kercheval, a conservative commentator and West Virginia radio talk show host, suggests a solution: stop demonizing immigrants and start encouraging immigration to West Virginia again to attract qualified workers.

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Cutting Jobs Won’t Turn Rising Tuition Around

Last week, AlwaysFreeWV.org spotlighted the rising costs of tuition at the four year schools in the Mountain State. In the end, these tuition increases reflect the state's budget priorities and the state legislature's decisions on the value of higher education. Now, WVU is offering buyouts to forestall tuition increases, which could harm the quality of education the university offers.

 

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Rush Road Repair Just for Justice Re-election!


You can’t expect to patch a road that is slipping down the mountainside for long. But Jim Justice just wants his hurry-up road repairs to last until he can be reelected in 2020. He didn’t make the roads WV bad, but he didn’t get started fixing them until he saw another election coming.

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Teacher’s Strike, Round Three?

Why does the leader of the WV Senate keep pushing education reforms that serve only a few and take money away from our public schools? That isn’t the education reform most people want. Do they really want another teacher strike?

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Shared Addiction Crisis Needs a Shared Solution

“These are my friends.” Those are the words of Cliff Massey, a former drug user in recovery who helps overdose survivors in Fayette County.

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Legislators quietly chipping away at West Virginians’ wages


We all know that a full-time minimum wage job isn’t enough to raise a family. So why would our legislators lower some people’s wages to below the minimum wage?

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Tax Day: Who Pays, and Who Doesn’t?

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As we drop off our tax returns (or push the send button), it’s a good time to reflect on who pays taxes. Every working person pays taxes, but there are too many profitable U.S. companies who pay no income tax.

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False Accusation Against Egyptian Man Is Not the West Virginia Way


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Visitors always talk about how friendly West Virginians are to strangers. The words of Jesus in Matthew 25, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me,” are advice most West Virginians follow. So, it was particularly sad to read about a young woman at the Huntington Mall who made a false accusation to police against a visitor to our state.

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Don’t Take Away our Health Care Coverage


Why does West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey want to take away coverage for pre-existing conditions guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?

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