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Who Owns West Virginia in the 21st Century?

December 9, 2013

For the better part of the 20th century, land ownership patterns in West Virginia remained virtually unchanged. Large energy and land-holding corporations bought up mineral-rich acres and held them until market conditions were favorable for mining, drilling or leasing. Two separate investigations – one by reporter Tom Miller in 1974 and another by the Appalachian Land Ownership Task Force later that decade – found that vast acres, especially those in the southern coalfields, were controlled by a handful of mostly absentee corporations.

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Assessing the Impacts of Shale Drilling: Four Community Case Studies

April 10, 2014

Executive Summary
The first hydraulically fractured shale wells were drilled in Pennsylvania and West Virginia nearly a decade ago. Drawing on existing experiences in these states, and the rapid advance of hydrofracking in Ohio, we can begin to assess the effect of shale development on the most active drilling communities. As pressure mounts to increase domestic oil and gas production, and shale development continues to grow, communities anticipating a shale energy boom need to understand what to expect, how to respond, and what to avoid.

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West Virginia’s Top Medicare Billers

April 9, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the release of a bunch of Medicare data today, the biggest release in CMS history, in fact.  The data include information for nearly 900,000 distinct health care providers across the country who received over $77 billion in Medicare payments in 2012.  This is the second big step in Medicare transparency in the past year as this release comes on the heels of last May’s release of the cost of the most common in-patient procedures at every hospital around the country.

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The Governor’s FY 2015 Budget: Doing Less with Less

February 26, 2014

Governor Tomblin released his proposed FY 2015 budget last month and, for the second year in a row, made another round of cuts to programs and services instead of dealing with the state’s revenue problem. While his FY 2015 budget makes some improvements in public employee and teachers’ salaries, it continues to hurt the state’s economic future by driving up the cost of higher education and cutting important early childhood education and intervention programs.

 
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    Assessing the Impacts of Shale Drilling: Four Community Case Studies
    April 10, 2014

    Executive Summary
    The first hydraulically fractured shale wells were drilled in Pennsylvania and West Virginia nearly a decade ago. Drawing on existing experiences in these states, and the rapid advance of hydrofracking in Ohio, we can begin to assess the effect of shale development on the most active drilling communities.…

    FY 2015 House and Senate Budget Comparison
    March 11, 2014

    With the 2014 Legislative Session ending without the completion of the FY 2015 budget, Governor Tomblin has called the legislature back into a special session. The House and the Senate have their own budget bills, as does the governor.…

    The Governor’s FY 2015 Budget: Doing Less with Less
    February 26, 2014

    Governor Tomblin released his proposed FY 2015 budget last month and, for the second year in a row, made another round of cuts to programs and services instead of dealing with the state’s revenue problem.…

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    West Virginia’s Top Medicare Billers
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    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the release of a bunch of Medicare data today, the biggest release in CMS history, in fact.  The data include information for nearly 900,000 distinct health care providers across the country who received over $77 billion in Medicare payments in 2012.  This is the second big step in Medicare transparency in the past year as this release comes on the heels of last May’s release of the cost of the most common in-patient procedures at every hospital around the country.…

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