By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — Out of all 50 states, West Virginia saw the largest improvement in its public employee pension funds, but a new report warns that the state has more to do to sure up its pension programs.
The Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank based in Washington, D.C. released [...]
Gov. Joe Manchin once again received an A in this year’s Cato Institute “Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors: 2010.”
Manchin, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate special election, last made an A in the Cato report in 2008. Manchin is running against Republican John Raese, Mountain Party candidate Jesse Johnson, and Constitution Party [...]
Now that the failed special session of the West Virginia Legislature is over, and now that our circus of a special election is in its infancy, I have a little bit of free time to get back to what we do here best: investigative reporting.
So while I bury my head in government documents and FEC [...]
That is the question, isn’t it? We’ve written about the gap between private sector and public sector pay before. In March we focused on a USA Today story which showed these gaps. This is what they said at the time:
Federal employees earn higher average salaries than private-sector workers in more than eight out of 10 [...]
Watch as Dan Mitchell, a fellow with the Cato Institute in Washington D.C., talks with Lawrence Kudlow, host of The Kudlow Report on CNBC, about whether federal workers should get pay cuts.
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BY STEVEN ALLEN ADAMS, West Virginia Watchdog
Over a quarter of state and local government employees in West Virginia are part of public sector unions according to a new report from the Cato Institute in Washington D.C.
The report, which appeared in Cato’s Tax & Budget Bulletin, shows that pubic sector unions have overtaken private sector unions [...]
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AEP President Says No to Cap and Trade – News, Sports, Jobs – The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Whether U.S. senators call it “pollution reduction and investment” or “cap and trade,” Michael Morris knows the climate change bill currently before Congress is a bad deal for West Virginia and Ohio.
“We continue to argue on [...]
The State Journal: Rahall, Manchin Weigh in on Health Care Reform
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., said he would like to see a public option as part of any health care reform package passed by Congress. But if it comes down to it, he’ll vote for a bill even if it doesn’t include such a plan.