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Legislative Lookahead: WVU’s Deskins says West Virginia won’t reach economic prosperity potential unless state gets more people into the workforce

By Autumn Shelton, WV Press Association

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s continued short-term economic growth remains uncertain for 2023; however, as the 86th Legislature prepares to convene on Wednesday, there are several indicators that leaders should watch as they guide the state through this economic “turbulence,” according to Dr. John Deskins, director of the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

Deskins, speaking Friday at the West Virginia Press Association’s annual Legislative Lookahead, held at the Culture Center in Charleston, said, “Right now, as if . . .

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