From the State Journal:
Upper Ohio Valley residents have launched the Ohio Valley Jobs Alliance, a community effort to aimed at supporting local jobs and promote fair and responsible taxation.
The mission of the alliance, which was officially announced May 26, is to host a platform for energy, manufacturing, construction and other industries to work together to expand the economy by creating jobs and “keeping taxes fair” for all citizens and businesses.
“Those layoffs will have an impact on thousands of other jobs that support the coal industry, our tax base could potentially be reduced meaning less money for our schools, our roads and our water systems,” Whipkey said in a statement. “We have to stand-up and fight harder to keep to our citizens employed.”
The alliance is also opposed to Moundsville Power's proposed Marshall County natural gas-fired power plant.
“I have seen firsthand the benefits that the natural gas industry has brought to our county, but I don't believe any single business should be given a special deal that threatens other businesses who have played by the rules and kept people employed over the years,” Whipkey said. “Government should not be picking winners and losers in business — and government should not get to determine who works and who doesn't.
"Not only is the special deal unfair, but it does not make good economic sense,” he added. “Our coal mines and power plants have employed thousands of our local residents for decades.
“Why should we be forced to give up more jobs and more taxes so that one business can get a special deal that will cost us jobs and tax revenue?"