Posts by Ted Boettner

January 10, 2020 by Ted Boettner
Ohio Valley Outlook: Expect A Slower Regional Economy In 2020

Ohio Valley Resource - The Ohio Valley’s economy could see slower growth in 2020 amid continued anxiety about trade, and possible downturns in both energy and manufacturing, according to analyses and forecasts by regional economists. Read article. Michael Hicks directs the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University in Indiana where he forecasts…

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January 9, 2020 by Ted Boettner
Ted Boettner: Another Round of Corporate Tax Cuts Last Thing WV Needs

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Legislative leadership appears poised to pass yet another round of corporate tax cuts that will hurt working families, our schools and colleges, and push more money out-of-state to large corporations. It doesn’t have to be this way. Lawmakers could instead put their efforts toward investing in our communities, our health, our education, and…

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November 19, 2019 by Ted Boettner
West Virginia’s Jobs Picture (October 2019)

The Labor Department released state unemployment and job figures for October today that show there has been no statistically significant increase in jobs over the last year in West Virginia. According to preliminary figures, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in October was 4.8% and payroll employment stood at 733,100, an increase of 3,200 from October…

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November 8, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Ted Boettner: Health Care Premiums Just Taxes by Another Name

Charleston Gazette-Mail - While the United States is a low-tax country compared to most industrialized nations, for a majority of Americans it doesn’t feel this way. That’s largely because private health insurance companies receive a large portion of our income every month. If we sent our money to a publicly run health insurance plan (e.g. Medicare)…

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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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