The Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia has issued a Special Report on the West Virginia's seven state hospitals and the impact that bureaucracy has produced on their operation. The report also proposes creating a Hospital Facilities Authority that will examine the potential for privatization of each facility.
The tortured road to comprehensive tax reform in West Virginia remains littered with, and seriously impeded by, a plethora of myths and misinformation involving such fundamental issues as whose property is being taken in the form of taxes and how taxes actually operate and affect private economic activity. In this essay, former State Tax Commissioner and Senior Fellow at the Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia exposes additional myths and misinformation put forth by opponents of real tax reform.
There are at least three major doctrinal mythologies typically raised in opposition to the principled development of specific tax structures. One, often asserted under the banner of equitable treatment and ability to pay, is to view all tax policies only through the prism of a persistent wealth redistribution agenda. A second, which asserts the familiar admonition against so-called tax pyramiding, often justified in the interest of transparency, actually has no more economic policy grounding than simply being a way to slightly narrow the array of structural means available for tax imposition in general. Third are arguments against certain tax structures raise...
Public Policy Foundation Senior Resident Scholar, Rob Capehart, will appear on Hoppy Kercheval's Statewide Talkline on Monday morning, December 26th at 10:06 a.m. (tentatively) to discuss the concept of "rightsizing" government.
Higher education in West Virginia is characterized by a highly centralized bureaucracy, a legislative oversight committee that exercises administrative powers and a general lack of flexibility that makes it difficult for the State's public institutions in today's highly competitive higher education marketplace. Senior Scholars Rob Capehart and Ray Keener propose a restructuring based upon decentralization, flexibility, competitiveness, accountability and results. Click here to read "A Three Step Plan for Reforming Higher Education in West Virginia.