Those corporations operating in West Virginia include: General Electric, American Electric Power, DuPont, Verizon, First Energy and NiSource, Zuckett said.
NiSource is the parent company of Columbia Gas Transmission, the company whose gas pipelines recently exploded along the interstate in Sissonville.
(A report about the 30 corporations, which Zuckett said are exploiting tax loopholes, is available at: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/11/03/360185/30-corporations-no-taxes.)
"We need to bring some of the revenues back home from places like the Cayman Islands," Zuckett said. "We need to put people back to work rebuilding our infrastructure -- our roads and bridges -- and to keep paying our teachers.
"Now is not the time to cut social programs people rely on to keep going, because unemployment is still high. Austerity measures kill jobs. Cuts in federal programs kill jobs. We should be creating jobs," Zuckett said.
Sam Hickman, CEO of the West Virginia chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, said, "Most people don't realize what a great investment social programs are.
"They help working families keep their heads above water and they support self-sufficiency. Companies that avoid paying taxes on their profits also avoid paying their fair share for these beneficial programs," Hickman said.
Zuckett said hundreds of billons in taxes could be generated annually by closing loopholes that allow corporations to ship their profits overseas and by limiting tax deductions for the wealthiest 2 percent of all Americans.
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