There is Nothing Cosmically Preordained About West Virginia's Lack of Prosperity

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We are building a West Virginia Miracle founded on the principles of freedom.


You’re a single parent moving away from an unsafe situation, finding a new job, stability, and government support. Things are looking up with a promotion and raise offer, but there's a catch: the raise could make you ineligible for assistance and doesn’t cover the loss in benefits. You've hit a benefits cliff. Choosing stability over a raise is a rational decision.

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Welcome to Forgotten America, a podcast about the many places that get flown over, driven past, or completely forgotten and the people who call these places home. In each episode, we’ll diagnose the unique challenges faced by rural America and unpack and explore the solutions to those challenges. We’ll also share the culture, stories, and perspectives of Forgotten Americans from the hilltop to the holler and the desert to the delta.

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