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Why we can’t have nice things

It’s time to talk about what really happened with last year’s federal tax cuts:

  • How some of the richest Americans got a big break. 
  • How the rest of us got stuck with a government that’s deeper in debt—$2 trillion more debt over the next 10 years. 
  • How we are now less able to pay for things our rural communities really need for economic growth, such as infrastructure. 

 

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Is the Greenbrier Now the Capitol of West Virginia

Not only has Jim Justice refused to give up ownership of his businesses, including his luxury Greenbrier resort near Lewisburg, WV, where he lives (despite a Constitutional requirement that the governor reside in Charleston), but the Greenbrier has made a lot of money as a result. 

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Justice Dips Into The Rainy Day Fund

Wouldn’t you love it if you didn’t have to worry about overdrawing your checking account because you had your own “rainy day fund?” Jim Justice overdrew West Virginia’s account by over $30 million in July.

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Jim Justice’s False Promises

When he was elected in 2016, Gov. Jim Justice promised to take our state on a “jobs rocket ride….We have got to grow our way out of this mess." How’s that working out? 

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Let’s declare independence from high drug prices

“It’s a free country,” we like to say. Well, how about breaking ourselves free from the ever-rising costs of the medications we need? Maybe looking northward might help.

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Who exactly are West Virginia legislators working for?

West Virginia lawmakers just rushed through a bill that cuts $12.5 million in annual state revenue to bail out a bankrupt company. Who exactly are they working for?

 

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Should Foreign Companies Be Able to Buy Access to WV Lawmakers?

WV House Majority Whip, Paul Espinosa, has been hired as ‘public relations’ spokesperson for controversial plant proposed in his own district.

Danish owners of the Rockwool plant being built in Jefferson County ran into strong objections from residents—so, what did they do? It appears they bought themselves a politician. 

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Opioids: The Ultimate Betrayal

Pharmaceutical companies—drug makers, the companies that distribute them, the doctors who prescribe the medicine—are supposed to be saving lives. How could they betray us and hand out addictive drugs like candy, destroying people’s lives? Shouldn’t government watchdogs  have protected us, our families, our communities? 

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Who is working for whom in government?

Who is working for whom in state and federal government, which is funded by our tax dollars to help our people? State lawmakers rushed through a bill that cuts more than $12 million in state revenue to bail out a bankrupt company in hopes of keeping an uncompetitive coal-fired plant running.

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Senate Leader Says He Supports Miners, Then Let’s Black Lung Fund Go Bankrupt

If Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) cared about coal miners suffering from black lung disease, why is he letting the fund which pays their medical expenses go bankrupt? And why isn't WV Sen. Shelly Moore Capito speaking up?

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