Whipkey said his group opposes any special tax incentives or deals that put the government in charge of what businesses do or don’t get to operate and who gets to have a job and who doesn’t. He said the recently formed group wants to give workers a voice in this debate.
“The Ohio Valley Jobs Alliance was created as a way for workers, and all citizens in Ohio and West Virginia, to express their concerns about these special deals” said Whipkey. “We have nearly 500 members who have signed up in the last week, which indicates how important this issue is to the community” he said.
Whipkey said that voices like those of Cecil Roberts and others will help bring more attention and discussion about these threats to our job market and local economies. “It is a matter of fairness, and Cecil Roberts was right when he said we shouldn’t just sit back and take it when it happens in our own backyard” Whipkey said.
“Coal miners up and down this valley have been working hard and paying their taxes for years, and those taxes have helped build our schools, our roads and our bridges. It just isn’t fair when some local leaders want to use those tax dollars to give an out-of-state company a sweetheart deal that barely creates any full-time jobs and contributes to the loss of thousands of jobs for workers who are footing the bill” said Whipkey.