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Fast Facts: More Tax Cuts Not What West Virginia Needs to Grow Its Economy

July 30, 2015
Several years ago, West Virginia enacted a series of large business tax cuts with the belief that they would help grow the state’s economy. Today policymakers are promoting that same theory, even though the previous tax cuts have largely failed to put West Virginia on a path to prosperity, with the state losing thousands of jobs.
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Ted Boettner: Congress Must Act to Revitalize Appalachian Coal Communities

July 24, 2015
The Hill Blog – For more than a century, Appalachian coal communities have given more to the American dream and received less in return than any other region of our country. They’ve fueled our expansion westward, driven the industrial revolution, and powered our way to victory in two World Wars. At the same time, Appalachians have suffered from painful boom and bust cycles, risked their lives on a daily basis, and live in an area that remains one of the poorest regions in our nation.
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Healthy Lifestyles and Economic Development

June 6, 2015
On June 5-6, 2015, Executive Director Ted Boettner presented at the Try This Conference in Buckhannon, West Virginia. Read His presentation focused on the benefits of a healthy population including lower health care costs and greater economic productivity. In 2009, the cost of obesity alone cost West Virginia $1.2 billion.
 
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    Fast Facts: More Tax Cuts Not What West Virginia Needs to Grow Its Economy
    July 30, 2015 Several years ago, West Virginia enacted a series of large business tax cuts with the belief that they would help grow the state’s economy. Today policymakers are promoting that same theory, even though the previous tax cuts have largely failed to put West Virginia on a path to prosperity, with the state losing thousands of jobs.…
    Fast Facts: “Right-to-Work” Won’t Boost West Virginia’s Economy
    July 16, 2015 “Right-to-Work” laws do not guarantee jobs for workers. Instead they prohibit unions and employers from including a provision in contracts that requires employees who benefit from union representation to pay for their fair share toward those costs.…
    Fast Facts: Ending West Virginia’s Prevailing Wage Won’t Reduce Costs
    July 10, 2015 Some lawmakers are claiming West Virginia’s prevailing wage overpays construction workers and inflates the costs of public construction projects, but the evidence does not support these claims. Ending the state’s prevailing wage is likely to have no impact on public construction costs but could hurt the living standards of construction workers and the competitiveness of local construction firms.…
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    September 4, 2015 Last Week to Register for Our Children Our Future Policy Summit! It’s almost here! It’s almost time for the Our Children Our Future Policy Summit. Have you registered yet? We are partial but think you’ll especially want to attend the panel discussion on Participatory Budgeting, Tax Reform and the state Earned Income Tax Credit featuring our very own Ted Boettner and Sean O’Leary!…
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