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Severance Tax Would Be Longer Term Solution to Pay, PEIA

Charleston Gazette - We praised the Legislature for getting the West Virginia budget done by the end of the regular 60-day session, which was fair as far as it goes. No one wanted (or wanted to pay for) the special session marathon like last year. Read. 

Will the West Virginia Teacher Strike Spark a National Movement?

Rantt Media - After nine days of striking, teachers in West Virginia finally got what they wanted: a modest five percent pay raise and a guarantee that their health insurance premiums would not go up. Read. 

Behind a Governor Named Justice, a Trail of Failed Promises and Debt

Rewire - At a town hall with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) in Wheeling, West Virginia, on February 27, sixth-grader Gideon Titus-Glover pointed out that the governor’s plans to increase the state’s tourism budget was a conflict of interest. Read. 

Illinois Study Suggests Prevailing Wage Laws Help Minorities

State Journal - A recent study by an Illinois-based public policy institute suggests prevailing wage laws help improve income disparities between white and minority construction workers. Read. 

Gazette Editorial: WV Could Avoid Harm if Gov. Justice Vetoes SNAP Work Requirements

Charleston Gazette - A while back, the Justice administration was pursuing work requirements as a condition for getting Medicaid. After discovering the facts and economics of how Medicaid works, the governor and his people wisely put that proposal aside and moved on to other priorities. Read. 

How Tax Cuts Paved the Way For America's Growing Teacher Revolt

HuffPost - Jessica Jernegan joined her fellow teachers to rally at the Oklahoma state Capitol in 2014 and demand more funding for schools. Despite the pleas of an estimated 25,000 protesters, the Republican-dominated legislature had other priorities in mind. Read. 

West Virginia's Teachers Score a Win

Inequality.org - Teachers are ready to revolt. That’s the message we ought to take away from West Virginia, where educators in every county went on strike to demand better compensation. The teachers secured a major victory, including a 5 percent pay raise for state public employees. Read. 

Brain Dayton: Economic Growth Will Solve Our Problems

Charleston Gazette - West Virginia continues to experience a steady economic recovery. Read. 

SNAP Bill Coming Up for Passage

Beckley Register-Herald - A bill implementing work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is one step closer to becoming law. Read. 

West Virginia Teachers and the Working-Class Revolt

The American Prospect - For years, states have cut school funding while reducing taxes on corporation. But teachers and workers are fighting back. Read. 

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