Corporations need to pay their fair share
The news is doubly bad: Wages are stagnant, so state revenue is down ("Income tax drags state revenues down," Nov. 4). This means less money for the services that help people cope with this jobless "recovery" and sluggish economy.
With West Virginia's budget challenges, now is not the time for the federal government -- the state's long-time economic partner -- to be cutting infrastructure investments like the ones that helped build this state. It's also not the time to slash programs like Head Start, housing assistance and Meals on Wheels. And it's never the time to give in to threats of cutting Social Security and Medicare.
The next round of the awful Washington budget battle is beginning. What West Virginia and the rest of the country need is a balanced approach of both deficit reduction and economic growth. That should begin by asking huge corporations, which hide their profits in offshore tax havens, to pay their fair share.
There is a bill in Congress -- the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act -- that is a positive step in the right direction. It will help ensure that the well doesn't run dry before our economy recovers. Sen. Joe Manchin should consider supporting this legislation, because it supports West Virginia.
STEM innovation meet seeks W.Va. students
Technology has radically altered how we work and play, with the "borderless lifestyle" enabling us to watch TV, shop or work when and where we want.
Businesses must continuously evolve to meet consumers' needs, and to succeed, they need a workforce skilled in science, technology, engineering and math, or "STEM," fields.
Yet the supply of STEM-skilled workers isn't keeping up with the demand. Studies show that 80 percent of the fastest-growing careers in our country require STEM skills, but the United States is not graduating enough students able to meet this demand. As a result, as many as 3 million STEM jobs have gone unfilled. In addition, STEM jobs have grown three times faster than other jobs over the past decade.