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Budget Beat – November 21, 2014

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We Are Thankful for You

As we enter the holiday season we would like to pause to express how thankful we are to you, our supporters. Happiest of all holiday seasons to you and your families!

Save the Date – Budget Breakfast, January 21, 2015

The WVCBP will hold its second annual Budget Breakfast on Wednesday, January 21 at the Four Points Sheraton in downtown Charleston. Please consider a sponsorship to our once-a-year fundraiser. More information to come!

Our Children Our Future Platform Vote Underway

If you’ve attended an Our Children Our Future event this year, you are eligible to vote on the 2015 platform to help choose which ten proposals will be the campaign’s focus during the upcoming legislative session. Online voting is open at www.ocofwv.org or you can go here to download and mail in a ballot by Tuesday, November 25.

Shameless plug: WVCBP policy priorities for the next legislative session include Paid Sick Days and Family Leave, and Voluntary Employee Retirement Accounts (VERA).

Our Children Our Future with Children Silhouette

West Virginia Coal Losing Steam to Natural Gas and Renewables

Over the last several years the amount of coal used to generate electricity in this country has declined. This trend holds true for West Virginia as well where the state is exporting less coal to its neighbors for them to meet their power needs. Both Ohio and North Carolina in particular are relying more on natural gas and renewables, and less on West Virginia coal, than in the past. For more on how natural gas is becoming a more competitive force in the region, read Ted’s blog post, part 4 in a series on why coal is declining in West Virginia.

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”
– W.T. Purkiser

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