Raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2025 will restore bargaining power to workers and support the pandemic recovery
WAGES HAVE BEEN STAGNANT FOR A DECADE
Congress has failed for more than a decade to raise the federal minimum wage. While there have been some wage increases at the state and local level, the current federal minimum wage stands at $7.25.
WORKER WAGES REMAIN AT 1963 LEVELS WHEN ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION
In 1963, back when John Kennedy was president, the applicable minimum wage varied by industry between $1.00 and $1.25 per hour, and there ... Continue Reading »
A Debt-Free Alternative to a Four-Year College
News reports are full of stories about young people burdened with crushing student loan debt. Celebrities are in trouble for their attempts to bribe college officials to admit their offspring to high-profile schools. Colleges are cutting programs to make ends meet, and many alumni are questioning the return on their hefty college investment. Amid all this bad news, many are overlooking ... Continue Reading »
Rural Hospitals Are in Crisis!
You Can Be Part of the Solution
As of January 1, 2020, the rural hospital closure crisis has claimed 120 facilities across the nation over the past 10 years, according to a recent study released by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. Unfortunately, rural hospital closures are becoming increasingly common with 19 closures in 2019 alone. There are currently 1,844 rural hospitals in the U.S., so the closure of 120 of them over 10 years means ... Continue Reading »
Community Colleges and The Workforce Sustain Each Other
One Size Does Not Fit All
Community Colleges Offer Educational Options
The traditional four-year college experience isn’t for everyone. Some students aren’t yet set on a course of study, while others are looking for a more affordable education. Some choose career paths that require only a two-year degree, while others may choose to step right into the working world. Still others may use their ... Continue Reading »
Take Me Home, Country Roads
Restoring the Place We Belong
These lyrics made West Virginia famous around the world for its beauty and hospitality, but especially for our amazing country roads. And for decades, our beloved state really did have wonderful and well-maintained roads and highways that afforded citizens and visitors alike the opportunity to experience our beautiful state. But now, in 2020, our roads and bridges are deteriorating. Our state is having a ... Continue Reading »
A West Virginia Wish List
What Would You Wish For?
We’ve all shopped online, so we are all familiar with what many web sites call a Wish List. It’s where we save the items we plan to purchase at a later date. We’d love to have that fancy barbecue grill or cutting-edge appliance but we can’t afford it right now. So, we save it to our wish list. Each ... Continue Reading »
Ending the Exodus
Restore West Virginia Families
We all know the story of Exodus from the Bible. And we are all familiar with people who’ve had to make their own exodus from their homes because the living conditions became dangerous after storms or earthquakes, or political uncertainty.
Currently our state is experiencing its own exodus, and sadly, it is of our own making. We have nurtured and ... Continue Reading »