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Gaining control of our future

August 31, 2014
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

The News and Sentinel ran an interesting "Our Opinion" editorial on Aug. 21 about where West Virginia is headed. The writer noted that West Virginia has lost 85 percent of its coal industry jobs in 50 years. We went from 130,000 high paying coal jobs to 20,000. We also learned the biggest employer in the state is now Wal-Mart, which is notorious for paying minimum wage. When you add those changes to the loss in manufacturing jobs since 1980 you have a sad picture of the West Virginia economy.



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