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Economic Development

A prerequisite for a strong economy is a strong middle class. The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy’s work on economic development focuses on analyzing key economic indicators, such as workforce trends, poverty and income, industry sectors such as energy, and the important infrastructure that provides a foundation for a productive and sustainable economy. 

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Marcellus shale report card

Grading Places: Towards Tri-State Shale Policies for the Public Good

July 15, 2016
This report card evaluates the current policies of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia in a range of policy areas informed by the research of the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative (MSSRC). It compares policies across the three states that address the social and economic issues that unconventional drilling delivers to the communities in which it occurs.

Recent Publications

  • Grading Places: Towards Tri-State Shale Policies for the Public Good
  • Lessons for Gas Patch Communities: A Local Government Guide for Dealing with Drilling
  • State of Working West Virginia 2015
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    Recent Blog Posts

  • To Create Jobs, Invest At Home
  • 5 Things You Need to Know about “Right to Work” in WV
  • Income Tax Cuts for Wealthy Unlikely To Boost West Virginia Economy (Part III)
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    Recent Press

  • Government Aids Entrepreneurship
  • Polling Data Shows Support for the RECLAIM Act
  • Can You Effectively Fight for Coal AND Diversify Our Economy?
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