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We Want Leaders Who Work for Our Communities

As an increasing number of young people turn away from the rural counties of southern West Virginia, it is not difficult to identify the factors at play. A recent report by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy shows rural West Virginians have poorer health, lower educational attainment levels,...

A New Candidate Class: Schoolteachers Running for Office

Christian Science Monitor - When public school teachers in West Virginia heard last winter that their health insurance premiums would skyrocket, Brianne Solomon wasn’t sure anything could be done about it. Educators like her were grumbling, to be sure, but their union’s clout in this right-to-work state was questionable. Read. 

Tax Issues in West Virginia

WOWK-TV - Sean O'Leary, of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, talks to Mark Curtis about a new report that shows there's room improve West Virginia's upside-down tax system. Watch here.  

WVU Loan Default Rate the Highest in Big 12

WV News, Daily Antheneum - WVU has the highest rates of student loan default in the Big 12, and 725 graduates from the Class of 2012 have defaulted on their loans over the last four years. Read. 

West Virginia Is Bleeding Out But Lawmakers Won't Debate Its Economic Survival

Forbes - When Alexis de Tocqueville started traveling across the United States in 1831, he was taken aback by the powers granted to the people. But he quickly concluded that such freedoms are fragile — that they are put at risk by the powerful who are positioned to manipulate the economically...

Coal industry funds WV Senate President's PAC's PR Efforts on Public Employees Strike

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Nobody paid more to fund GOP Senate President Mitch Carmichael’s public relations campaign on the 2018 teacher and school service personnel strike than West Virginia’s largest coal producer. Read. 

International Firm Hired to Help Off-Ballot GOP Senators with Messaging on W.Va. Teacher Strike

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - As the 2018 midterm election approaches, some West Virginia Senate Republican leaders are making use of a large and influential worldwide public relations firm to aid in messaging about this year’s teacher strike and the economy. Read. 

Anti-Poverty Organization Names Director

Huntington Herald Dispatch - After a six-month search, the WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition announced it has hired Jennifer Wells as its next director. Read. 

West Virginia And Kentucky College Students Still Struggle to Pay Back Loans

WKU  - New research this month shows that West Virginia and Kentucky have some of the nation’s worst rates of student loan defaults. Read. 

West Virginia Poverty Gets Worse Under Trump Economy, Not Better

CBS Money Watch - West Virginia has a growing poverty problem, and experts there who study the issue say Americans in every state should pay attention. Read. 

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