West Virginia sees public pension improvements over decade, but still largely underfunded

By WV Watchdog on February 21, 2012

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 [...]

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Manchin Recieves Another A From Cato Institute

By westvirginia on September 30, 2010

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 [...]

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WatchBlog: Cato Publishes Handbook on Recent Health Care Reform Bill

By westvirginia on July 26, 2010

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 [...]

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WatchBlog: Do Government Workers Get More Pay than Private Secter Counterparts?

By westvirginia on May 15, 2010

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 [...]

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VIDEO BLOG: Cato Scholar Dan Mitchell Talks About Government Unions

By westvirginia on March 31, 2010

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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DOCUMENT: Quarter of W.Va. Government Employees Unionized

By westvirginia on March 17, 2010

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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Morning Headlines: Oct. 1, 2009

By westvirginia on October 1, 2009

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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 [...]

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Morning Headlines: Sept. 3, 2009

By westvirginia on September 3, 2009

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.

“To [...]

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