Charleston Gazette-Mail - The United States has enjoyed over eight years of one the longest economic recoveries on record, but a closer look shows two very different economies in West Virginia. Story link. While the state’s urban areas have been characterized by moderate growth, more educated workers and higher incomes, the state’s rural areas have seen…
As an increasing number of young people turn away from the rural counties of southern West Virginia, it is not difficult to identify the factors at play. A recent report by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy shows rural West Virginians have poorer health, lower educational attainment levels, lower wages, are older and…
Christian Science Monitor - When public school teachers in West Virginia heard last winter that their health insurance premiums would skyrocket, Brianne Solomon wasn’t sure anything could be done about it. Educators like her were grumbling, to be sure, but their union’s clout in this right-to-work state was questionable. Read.
Forbes - When Alexis de Tocqueville started traveling across the United States in 1831, he was taken aback by the powers granted to the people. But he quickly concluded that such freedoms are fragile — that they are put at risk by the powerful who are positioned to manipulate the economically feeble. Read.
Charleston Gazette-Mail - Nobody paid more to fund GOP Senate President Mitch Carmichael’s public relations campaign on the 2018 teacher and school service personnel strike than West Virginia’s largest coal producer. Read.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting - As the 2018 midterm election approaches, some West Virginia Senate Republican leaders are making use of a large and influential worldwide public relations firm to aid in messaging about this year’s teacher strike and the economy. Read.
WKU - New research this month shows that West Virginia and Kentucky have some of the nation’s worst rates of student loan defaults. Read.