West Virginia’s state budget is in a shambles. Coal mines (a major source of revenue) are shutting down. There’s a $270 million deficit in the 2016-2017 budget. The governor has proposed raising taxes on cigarettes, maybe booze, and some have suggested reinstating the tax on groceries.
Never mind that Democrats, in a Republican-like mindset, cut corporate taxes some years ago. They bought into the Republican mantra that that would bring corporations, jobs, and taxes. Nope (as has been amply demonstrated in numerous Republican-led states).
While the Republican-controlled WV legislature worked on such pressing items as cutting wages (“right to work for less” law, elimination of prevailing wage standards), promoting religion (religious freedom restoration act), and raw milk, they ignored the budget.
The governor had to call a special session of the legislature–at a cost to taxpayers of millions of dollars.
The result: Republicans split and couldn’t come to an agreement on the budget.
The people of West Virginia are sure to suffer as they endure the chaotic catastrophe wrought on them by the very Republicans they chose to govern them.
Serves them right.
Charles Ortel has his sights set on the charity operations of Hillary and Bill Clinton, known as the Clinton Foundation and its myriad tentacles. Ortel’s actions come just as Hillary Clinton makes her final sprint for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States with Bill in tow as her economic czar. Charles Ortel does not mince words.
In a 9-page letter dated yesterday and posted to his blog, Ortel calls the Clintons’ charity the “largest unprosecuted charity fraud ever attempted,” adding for good measure that the Clinton Foundation is part of an “international charity fraud network whose entire cumulative scale (counting inflows and outflows) approaches and may even exceed $100 billion, measured from 1997 forward.” Ortel lists 40 potential areas of fraud or wrongdoing that he plans to expose over the coming days.
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