West Virginia drops two spots to 47th from its last ranking
The annual “CNBC Top States for Business” was released earlier today and West Virginia's ranking stays near the bottom.
One of the reasons I follow the CNBC ranking is that they’ve been doing them for a number of years which makes year to year comparisons easier. Here is a chart that I’ve worked up from their data.
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The Washington Post looks at how it came to be, and I look at how we are doing economically under it
How did it happen?
Earlier today, this article from the Washington Post caught my eye:
New piece! It's about Joe Manchin, WV's long realignment, and why he votes and acts the way he does and where the state is headed.
Lots of stuff on elections, coal, realignment, party building and more: https://t.co/YmRYLcaZWR . . .
A quick fact check
Earlier today, I saw this from the WV GOP:
Thanks to the hard work of Governor @JimJusticeWV and Republican leaders in the @WVLegislature, our state’s tax rankings are improving, and job creators are noticing West Virginia is a great place to start a business, create jobs, and raise a family. https://t.co/gMfPUIy1Ep— WVGOP (@WVGOP) . . .
Yesterday, 24/7 Wall St, which does surveys on a number of economic topics, released a new survey:
The Best (And Worst) States for Older Americans, Ranked
Here is there methodology:
Using data from sources including the U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 24/7 Wall . . .
Trump and West Virginia
West Virginia is forecast to have America’s worst performing economy over the next six months
As Bloomberg reported earlier today:
West Virginia, a state President Donald Trump campaigned on reviving, is forecast to have the worst-performing economy in the nation over the next six months, Federal Reserve Bank of . . .
A reaction to the Bransfield investigation, the proposed gas storage hub, and CNBC’s annual “worst states for business”
A Washington Post op-ed on West Virginia's former bishop
The religious section of this morning’s Washington Post has an op-ed by Michael J. Iafrate, who is co-coordinator of the Catholic Committee of Appalachia and a doctoral candidate in theology. Iafrate has been asking important questions of the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese for . . .
And just like our president, the Wheeling Intelligencer has no problem lying to us
From this morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer editorial:
We know for a fact that he kept the promises he made to West Virginians. The “war on coal” prosecuted with such vigor by the previous administration was reexamined under Trump. Environmental Protection Agency initiatives launched solely to close coal mines . . .