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February 20, 2020

W.Va. Gov Says Economy is Rosy, but Doubters Not Buying That

Associated Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune – For years, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has told people they need only look at the lines at Dairy Queen to see how much the state’s economy has improved since he took office. Read article.

But for Grace Waterman, snacking on vanilla soft serve in her truck outside the DQ in tiny Elkview, that assertion rings hollow.

Waterman lost her home in a devastating flood almost four years ago and sometimes sleeps bundled under thick blankets in the back seat of her pickup. She lives in a community with nearly 1 in 5 people in poverty. Looking around at gutted buildings, weathered mobile homes and makeshift trailer classrooms at the high school, Waterman, 74, said it’s hard to put much faith in the governor’s message about the pace of economic recovery.

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