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Why are Lawmakers threatening our health with roll back of water standards?

Trump’s EPA isn’t known for restrictive regulations, but even its rules too much for the polluters who pull the strings at the WV Legislature. The WV Senate just passed a bill that ignores 60 chemicals that EPA says should be tested for in our water.

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Why Is Mitch Carmichael Betraying Our Teachers, Our Kids, and Our Communities' Schools?

In West Virginia, family is community and community is family. West Virginians are known for their neighborliness, and taking care of each other is a value that has made West Virginia what it is for centuries. Our schools are a huge part of that. And as our communities shrink because of the burdens of job instability, drug addiction, and lack of health care, our schools are becoming more central to holding communities and families together.

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There Is No Magical Money Tree

West Virginians know, better than anyone, that money doesn't grow on trees. Last year, we kept hearing that there was no money for pay raises or PEIA, and only after standing in the cold rain for days did the teachers convince the legislature and the governor to find the money to pay for modest raises.

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Why Aren’t We Listening To The Experts?

Nearly everyone involved in West Virginia’s public education system has been united against Mitch Carmichael and Patricia Rucker’s Education Omnibus Bill. Both the teachers and school service workers who work day in and day out to keep our schools open and operating and the state school board who oversees the statewide operation of the system, agree that this bill is a danger to the system’s ability to properly educate children across the mountain state.

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Charter Schools and ESAs: A false bill of goods for rural West Virginia

Senate president Mitch Carmichael and his supporters say that the education omnibus bill would give kids options in counties where schools are struggling. But kids in poor and rural counties, which are struggling the most, would actually get the least benefit. It’s clear where these politicians’ loyalties really lie -- not with rural communities, but with private schools for the rich, who want to siphon off our tax dollars into their own pockets.

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Secretary of State's Incompetence Costs WV Taxpayers $3 Million

The final price tag on Secretary of State Mac Warner's political firings was revealed last week and it is staggering. The political stunt will cost the state $3.2 million, or "108.2 "Loughry couches" if you are counting at home" as the Charleston Gazette puts it.

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Keeping Us Safe

Our government’s job really boils down to one thing. Keeping us safe. They’re supposed to provide roads that help us safely get from place to place. They’re supposed to provide a legal system to keep us safe from injustice. They’re supposed to maintain military and police services to keep us safe from those who would wish to do us harm. Almost every government function ties back into safety one way or another.

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When They're Funded, Schools Can Thrive

When they’re funded, schools can thrive. And when schools thrive, students can have a bright future. But when funding is taken from public schools and into private pockets, which is what the education funding overhaul bill would do, we hurt the kids we’ve promised to protect. We need to take care of our kids and make sure the money WV taxpayers invest in our schools stays in our schools.

 

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While we work to earn a living...

West Virginians continue to see that we cannot count on help from Washington DC to make it through these challenging times.

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Legislature and DHHR choosing corporations over kids again

Real loyalty to family values means protecting kids from being hurt or exploited.  But DHHR Deputy Secretary Jeremiah Samples and his supporters in the legislature want to exploit kids in our foster care system by handing over their care to a out-of-state corporation

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