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Local Columns

A Brighter Future for W.Va.

The clean energy provisions included in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 are the step forward that West Virginia and the nation need to address many of the economic challenges we face today and set us on a path to deliver the next generation of energy with a simple, common-sense ...

A Not-Very-Special Legislative Session

This time last week, the West Virginia Legislature was beginning its special session for Gov. Jim Justice’s 10% personal income tax cut plan, which also turned into a special session to update the state’s abortion laws. One week later, West Virginians have neither a tax cut nor an abortion ...

Sen. Manchin’s Disappointing Reversal on Spending

Here in West Virginia, a gallon of regular gasoline averaged more than $4.90 in June, nearly $2 more than it did a year ago. The state’s economy contracted in the first quarter of this year at an alarming 6.1 percent rate, and nearly 60 percent of state residents are having trouble paying ...

Inflation Hits Hardest at Home Here in West Virginia

It feels like the only thing we’re talking about is inflation, and for good reason. Americans are feeling the rising cost of inflation in every aspect of life, be it gasoline or groceries. Yet the primary driver of inflation has been left out of the conversation: housing. People spend about ...