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MABSCOTT - Dwight Bowers lives on a gently sloping hillside near Beckley. He sleeps three hours a night. He never sits very long. When he stands, he leans on a metal cane.
When Gov. Arch Moore left office in January 1989, policy decisions and back-room deals had pushed West Virginia's Workers' Compensation Fund to the brink of bankruptcy.
Who created the Workers' Compensation Fund's $2.2 billion deficit? A precise answer is impossible.
Every month, the West Virginia Workers' Compensation Performance Council meets. Its nine members make decisions affecting every business owner and working person in the state.
Spending nearly $600 million a year, the Workers' Compensation Fund creates vested interests.
What does the future hold for the Workers' Compensation Fund? Will its "safety net" system provide benefits for injured workers who really deserve them?
Some of last year's biggest political donors were coal operators whose contractors owe tens of millions of dollars to the Workers' Compensation Fund.