January 07, 2017

White People In West Virginia Hurting Because Of Electing Bad Politicians!

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers returning to work shortly will find the state in the same position as last year — resource rich and cash poor. And though gas, not coal, is now the increasingly abundant resource, the budgeting challenges don't look all that different from the past.

The state projects a government budget deficit of $400 million next year amid anemic tax collections. Meanwhile, some 18 percent of West Virginia's 1.8 million people (mostly White people) live under the federal poverty line and the unemployment rate hovers at 6 percent, fully a point higher than the national average.

"We have to get this state moving," incoming flunky Republican Senate President Mitch Carmichael said. "Something's got to change here."

Do-nothing Republicans, set to begin work at the Capitol with an organizing session Wednesday, took command of the Legislature shortly after the 2014 elections. This year they are pressing for new tax and regulation cuts while vigorously supporting President-elect Donald Trump's pledges to scale back environmental regulations at the federal level. They say the cuts will help the free market and job creation.
Skeptics say West Virginia is poised to repeat the same poverty cycle with natural gas it experienced with coal. They charge that well-paying jobs to extract buried wealth will eventually run out along with the reserves.


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