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Public News Service - WV: Budget Policy & Priorities

Construction has started on the controversial Rockwool insulation manufacturing plant. (Brent Walls, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Legislature will consider expanding tax breaks around the target="parent">controversial Rockwool project. Opponents say that will hurt the quality of life in the West Virginia county with the lowest unemployment. The insulation-manufacturing plant under construction

In the most recent period, Jefferson County had the lowest unemployment rate in West Virginia. In spite of this, six of the county's 15 census tracts have been designated

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — The controversial Rockwool heavy-industry project could get a big federal tax break designed for poor areas - despite being in one of West Virginia's richest counties. The Rockwool proposal for an insulation-manufacturing plant has drawn intense opposition from critics,

Critics say that behind the Trump administration's rhetoric, the White House budget contains a lot of cruelty. (Pexels/Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Critics are calling the Trump administration's latest spending plan a "bully's budget," saying its kiss-up, kick-down attitude is a built-in feature, not an accident. In part to pay for tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, the budget released last week cuts three qu

West Virginia thermal-coal production has declined steadily for years, and market forces suggest no turnaround is likely. (Hangela/Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Legislature has passed a 40 percent cut in thermal coal severance taxes, despite Revenue Department predictions that it would do little to change steam coal's steady decline. The long-term outlook is no better, said Carey King, a research scientist and assistan

The tax cuts in House Bill 3137 overwhelmingly would go to the well-to-do. (West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, based on figures from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Critics of a proposal rushing through the House of Delegates say it could blow a hole in West Virginia's state budget by using one-time money to pay for permanent tax cuts that mostly help those who are well off. House Bill 3137 would create a fund where new money, including out

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice told striking teachers Tuesday that he wants a pay-raise bill that does not include any more than a pilot program for charter schools. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – The wave of school strikes that started in West Virginia a year ago seems to be moving more funding into public education, nationally. According to a report by the American Federation of Teachers, average K-12 funding stalled or fell between 2008 and last year. Economis

According to the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee, countries with mountaintop removal mines have a more than 40 percent higher rates of birth defects. (Vivian Stockman/OVEC/Southwings)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The new Democratic leadership in Congress is investigating why the Department of the Interior stopped a major study of the health impacts of mountaintop removal and other surface mines. After researchers found much higher rates of cancer, birth defects and other health pr

The attack videos darken the delegates' official portraits for a more ominous appearance. (1863 PAC/YouTube)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A secretive group with unknown donors is attacking lawmakers who oppose granting a multi-million-dollar managed-care contract for West Virginia foster children. One lawmaker calls it "underhanded and misleading" to suggest he doesn't support foster families. Del. Cody Thompson,

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