The Charleston Gazette-Mail's Ken Ward Jr. recently did an excellent two-part report at his Coal Tattoo blog trying to answer the question "who really runs West Virginia?" In his posts he points to energy, especially coal companies, which didn't surprise me. Today's morning papers did little to suggest otherwise.
In the . . .
Booth Goodwin criticizes Robert Murray in op-ed piece
Are the times changing or is this just WV politics?
From an op-ed piece by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Booth Goodwin in this morning's Charleston Gazette-Mail:
Coal bosses don’t care about us. This is the clear message Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray sent to the People of West Virginia last week when he called for the Legislature . . .
A look at the severance tax cut proposal
Once again Robert Murray is back on the front page. On Thursday, he "demanded" a tax reduction (see three posts down); this time he argues that without a drop in the severance tax his company will face bankruptcy.
Half of the article is devoted to his explanation of the unfairness of WV's severance tax and the possibility that . . .