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Old 04-15-2012, 03:16 PM
 
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Default Why are West Virginia salaries so low?

I live in Virginia and decided to check out salaries in West Virginia and was amazed at how incredibly low they are for equivalent positions, I'm talking 30-35% lower. Now, I know some of this is made up in cost of living differences, but not all of it. Not even close. Why is this? It's not like West Virginia is a different country.

I do not understand why anybody would move there, unless they're retired. How do they get away with this without the market correcting it? I would think everybody would migrate to the other states since they are not confined by national borders like the Mexicans. I'm not from West Virginia so please fill me in - do you get subsidized gasoline, or free healthcare or something that makes up for the salary difference?
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Old 04-15-2012, 03:47 PM
 
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:02 PM
 
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'm not from West Virginia so please fill me in - do you get subsidized gasoline, or free healthcare or something that makes up for the salary difference?
We get the right to not have to share our state with condescending people like yourself who created an account just to troll the WV forum.
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:04 PM
 
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Part of the reason Wv salary's are low is this, it helps to keep disparity between the workers and the welfare recipients non-work package.

Another reason is this, the biggest employer in Wv is education...it costs money and Wv is not willing to pay.
Never hear much about that from the teachers unions either, do you?
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:54 PM
 
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WV is one of the poorest states in the country. generally salaries are lower in poor states.

Also, as someone else mentioned the cost of living is lower here. A job that pays $40,000 in WV might pay $55,000 in the DC metro area, but you will be making roughly the same when you account for taxes.
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:32 PM
 
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Wv is a aged state...only about 900,000 of its people work at jobs.

The remainder are aged, youth or on welfare.

It is not poor, to the contrary, it has been one of the richest states in mineral industries and over 1/3 of the remaining renewable hardwood forests lie within its borders.

The problem is oligarchy...a chosen few own those resources and totally control the flow of money.

In the history of the state, none of the wealth was ever over invested in education and infrastructure.

It's people had to revolt in the 1880's to establish any education system at all.

It's begining history was being a spoil of the civil war.

Other states have had a head start, Wv has never really begun...

Perhaps now, that the wealth is so huge...perhaps now, some small part of it might be used to create a future....but....
but...those who work the plan must have insight and foresight...

and that is where we are lacking the most....pockets must be lined first...and when those pockets are lined...
Well, usually by then, all the money is used up.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:02 PM
 
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Wv is a aged state...only about 900,000 of its people work at jobs.

The remainder are aged, youth or on welfare.

It is not poor, to the contrary, it has been one of the richest states in mineral industries and over 1/3 of the remaining renewable hardwood forests lie within its borders.

The problem is oligarchy...a chosen few own those resources and totally control the flow of money.

In the history of the state, none of the wealth was ever over invested in education and infrastructure.

It's people had to revolt in the 1880's to establish any education system at all.

It's begining history was being a spoil of the civil war.

Other states have had a head start, Wv has never really begun...

Perhaps now, that the wealth is so huge...perhaps now, some small part of it might be used to create a future....but....
but...those who work the plan must have insight and foresight...

and that is where we are lacking the most....pockets must be lined first...and when those pockets are lined...
Well, usually by then, all the money is used up.
Of course there is wealth, but the people are poor. What is the point of having wealth in resources if it doesnt benefit you?

The criminals who run the state make sure all WV's wealth goes to a few people, in exchange for a small cut of it.

Welcome to WV.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:45 PM
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When Min Wage was $5.15 by Federal Law. Other state were only Paying Min Wage... WV was paying $7.25 per hour. So you need to look at it as WV tries.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:30 PM
 
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Of course there is wealth, but the people are poor. What is the point of having wealth in resources if it doesnt benefit you?

The criminals who run the state make sure all WV's wealth goes to a few people, in exchange for a small cut of it.

Welcome to WV.
The vast part of that poverty is in a particular part of the state. Some of our state is among the most prosperous parts of the country. And, Kennedy is right... the control of the resources is a major factor. The same super rich people who control those also control our politicians, so it is difficult to initate any significant change. Party moniker means absolutely nothing. They are all equally in the Rockefellers' hip pockets.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:38 PM
 
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The vast part of that poverty is in a particular part of the state. Some of our state is among the most prosperous parts of the country. And, Kennedy is right... the control of the resources is a major factor. The same super rich people who control those also control our politicians, so it is difficult to initate any significant change. Party moniker means absolutely nothing. They are all equally in the Rockefellers' hip pockets.
Well, yes. The worst poverty is by in the south. However, most parts of rural WV are poor. Not extreme southern WV poor, and people manage to get by fine, but they are not rich.

In some ways WV is better off than the post-housing boom markets. People here didnt go into extreme debt to compete with the Jones and join a spending spree without thinking of the consequences.

WV could have a bright future, and Morgantown certainly has one. In fact Morgantown is one of the most promising cities, and Mon county is one of the most promising counties in the country.

The lack of support from the state has been a boon to Morgantown. While most areas of WV are reliant on scraps from the state government Morgantown made something of itself.

I feel if other areas of the state started emulating Morgantown they too would start improving. The people of WV need to start caring about their situation.
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