Blog Posts > WV Weakens as Coal Severance Crumbles
January 14, 2016

WV Weakens as Coal Severance Crumbles

The State Journal – County by county, West Virginia’s coalfield communities are being forced to cut jobs, eliminate programs and slash benefits as they steadily collapse alongside the Mountain State’s plummeting coal severance tax revenue. Read

Webster County Commissioner Jerry Hamrick is one of dozens of local leaders across the state’s coal-reliant counties who is left with few options to revive his fading communities.

“We’ve cut budgets in all the departments and we’re not funding any organizations like the fire departments or libraries or anything like that,” Hamrick said. “We also had to make the employees start paying a share of their insurance.

“We’re just keeping our head above water right now,” he said. “It’s a struggle every day to try to figure things out.”

Donate Today!
Icon with two hands to donate today.
Donate

Help Us Make West Virginia a Better Place to Live

Subscribe Today!
Icon to subscribe.
Subscribe

Follow Our Newsletter to Stay Up to Date on Our Progress

Thanks for reading our post ๐Ÿ™‚

We have a great newsletter, join below:

Select list(s) to subscribe to


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, 8 Capitol Street, Charleston, WV, 25301. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact