Posts by Ted Boettner

October 4, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Why Worker Training Programs Alone Won’t Save Coal Country

Ohio Valley Resource, West Virginia Public Broadcasting - Bobby Bowman mined coal in West Virginia for 12 years before his employer shut down. Read article. “I don’t think that mine will ever open again,” he said. Bowman lives in Welch, in the south of the state, where he worked at the Pinnacle Mine, which shut down…

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September 16, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Paying for Medicare for All

On September 16, 2019 Executive Director Ted Boettner presented to a coalition on how to pay for Medicaid for All. The presentation explored several studies on the financing and distributional impact of Medicare for All proposals. View presentation.

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September 15, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Statehouse Beat: Economic Outlook May Have Swayed Manchin

One theory, and a plausible one, as to why U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin backed off on a run for governor is that he can read the economic tea leaves as well as anyone else. Read article. I’ve covered state government long enough to recognize that the state economy consists of a series of down stretches…

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September 12, 2019 by Ted Boettner
West Virginia: How Bright is Our Economic Future?

On September 10, 2019, Executive Director Ted Boettner presented to the Jefferson County League of Women Voters at their monthly meeting. The presentation explored the challenges West Virginia's economy faces, what has been driving recent economic growth, and how to chart a sustainable economic future that results in more shared prosperity. View presentation.

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September 3, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Misusing Data on West Virginia’s Economic Recovery

While West Virginia has experienced positive job growth over the last two years, it is imperative that we don't use employment data incorrectly so we can have a full understanding of how West Virginia's economy is rebounding.  Unfortunately, the WV Chamber of Commerce keeps misusing employment figures to overstate West Virginia's economic recovery. And even worse,…

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August 30, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Five Charts for Labor Day 2019

The decline in union coverage in West Virginia and across the United States is one of the central reasons for wage stagnation and the loss of hard-fought union benefits like pensions. West Virginia can help reverse this trend by eliminating "Right to Work" and by letting public employees collectively bargain.   Even as workers are…

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August 20, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Ted Boettner: Time to Raise Gas Severance Tax

West Virginians have something to learn from Alaskans. Several years ago, Jay Hammond, the Republican governor of Alaska from 1974-1982, wrote a memoir called “Diapering the Devil,” about how Alaska turned its rich oil assets into an everlasting source of wealth by creating the Alaska Permanent Fund. Read op-ed in the Charleston Gazette-Mail. During the…

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August 6, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Medicaid Expansion Saves Lives in West Virginia

A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) finds that 435 lives were saved since West Virginia expanded Medicaid in 2014. The study compares death rates of the near-elderly – those between the ages of 55 and 64 – in states that have and have not expanded Medicaid and finds that in…

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August 6, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Medicaid Expansion Has Saved 435 Lives in West Virginia

A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) finds that 435 lives were saved since West Virginia expanded Medicaid in 2014. The study compares death rates of the near-elderly - those between the ages of 55 and 64 - in states that have and have not expanded Medicaid and finds that in…

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