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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 ...

Tax Reform Plan Lacks Consensus

Today begins the third special session of the West Virginia Legislature, as lawmakers gavel in to consider Gov. Jim Justice’s 10% personal income tax cut proposal.I honestly didn’t think Justice would call this special session. In fact, in the original version of the Mountain State Views ...

Manchin Should Put an End to Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’

It’s back. President Biden’s Build Back Better Act is back. Again. And it’s filled with expensive bad news for all sorts of West Virginians. Trouble is, D.C. media this past week report that Sen. Joe Manchin may go along with Biden and Democrat leadership to bring the bill back from ...

U.S. Should Begin Exporting More Coal to European Nations

Against the backdrop of war in Ukraine, U.S. coal shipments to Europe are playing a quiet yet critical role in keeping the lights on from Rome to Amsterdam. If the shipments continue through the winter — and are ramped to replace the loss of Russian fuel — they will save millions of people ...