"This is more than an attack on union workers," Secretary Tennant said. "This is an attack on the American worker and on our American way of life. It's an attempt to take away your health care that was earned on your broken backs, with your black lungs and with the memories of your fellow miners who took their last breath in the coal mines."
Patriot Coal filed for bankruptcy protection on July 9, 2012. On March 14, Patriot formally filed to terminate benefits for about 10,000 retired miners and 12,000 widows and dependents.
I also believe we need to overhaul our tax increment financing program. This program allows local communities to use future gains in taxes to finance current economic development projects. [We should] refocus our efforts at creating these economic, job-creating districts.
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