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Low-Wage Workers Are Less Likely to Have Access to a Retirement Plan at Work

July 24, 2014
Lack of retirement assets is a leading cause of poverty among the elderly. Four out of five working households in the U.S. have saved less than one year of income for retirement. Voluntary Employee Retirement Accounts (VERA) would help West Virginians save for their futures.
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Win Over EPA Won’t Save Southern W.Va. Coal, Experts Say

August 1, 2014

Charleston Gazette - This week, West Virginia leaders were painting a picture of the rosy future that could await the coal industry, were it not for the Obama administration. Sprinkled among comments criticizing proposed reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, the state’s elected officials made it sound like the good times could be just around the corner for the coalfields — if only the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would get out of the way.

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Everyone Benefits When Workers Have Access to Sick Days

September 11, 2014
Everybody Needs Time Off from Work and 227,000 West Virginia Workers Lack Access to Paid Sick Days: Caring for a sick child, an elderly parent, or ourselves, all of us sometimes need time off from work. But many workers in West Virginia don’t have any source of income when they must take time off for their own health or to care for their family.
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Child Poverty Rate Remains One of the Highest in the Country

September 18, 2014
In 2013, poverty remained high in West Virginia. While the state’s economy has grown since the end of the recession, that growth has not been widely shared, as thousands of West Virginians continue to struggle to afford basic necessities like housing, nutritious food, and reliable child care and transportation.  
 
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