jcase: Apologies for no text on this one -- NYT no longer permits copying text. But there should not be paywall on the article
I am beginning to think Krugman should give up on politics. One does not have to conjure up a mass "nostalgia" for a vanished past to explain coal/natural gas influence in the West Virginia. It turns out that it does not matter if only 4% of the workforce is related to mining when 15-20% of the state revenue is from a coal and gas severance tax on extracted resources. The tax buys the continued dominion of natural resource industries over state government, which is highly centralized in West Virginia from a 100 year legacy of subordination to coal interests.
Coal Country Is a State of Mind
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