December 13th, 2018 by
PEIA Task Force Comes Up Empty on Big Question

Last Spring, Governor Justice formed the West Virginia PEIA Task Force  which was set up to find a long-term solution to the issues facing the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency, namely the growing cost of health care for teachers and other public employees. The deadline for the task force's recommendations was this week, and while…

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November 20th, 2018 by
State Tax Policy Can Advance Racial Equity

Earlier this month, a report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy showed how the federal tax cut bill signed last year by President Trump exacerbated the growing racial wealth gap in the country. By gearing the bulk of its tax cuts to the very wealthy, who are overwhelmingly white, the Tax Cuts and…

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November 9th, 2018 by
Support Veterans by Protecting Food Assistance

On Monday, we will celebrate the service and sacrifice of American Veterans. Here at the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, we think no one in America should go hungry, especially not our veterans once they return home to West Virginia. So we're calling on Congress to support and pass a farm bill that…

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November 6th, 2018 by
Marketplace Open for Health Coverage Enrollment

The annual open enrollment period for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, began on November 1stand continues through December 15th. This is a great time for folks who don’t get insurance through a job, Medicare or Medicaid to shop for health coverage at The Affordable Care Act and the…

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November 1st, 2018 by
It’s Time to Close the Gender Pay Gap in West Virginia

West Virginia women face one of the largest gender pay gaps in the nation and highest among surrounding states, according to a West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy report released this week. Climbing the Mountain: Closing the Gender Pay Gap in West Virginia shows in 2017, women working full-time, year round in West Virginia were paid…

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October 30th, 2018 by
West Virginia Cities Benefit From Online Sales Taxes Too

On October 1, the West Virginia Tax Department issued guidelines and outlined intentions to start collecting sales taxes from remote internet retailers on January 1, 2019. As Charleston Gazette-Mail reporter Phil Kabler recently noted, this was a sharp policy shift. Nearly four months ago, Governor Justice proclaimed he had no intentions to allow the state to collect online sales taxes and that,…

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October 26th, 2018 by
The Dynamics of Social Capital

State of Working West Virginia co-author and West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy board member Rick Wilson penned this blog post. Rick is the Director of the West Virginia Economic Justice Project for the American Friends Service Committee. He is a regular contributor to the Charleston Gazette-Mail’s editorial page as well as to WVCBP reports…

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October 25th, 2018 by
30% of West Virginia Working Families Can’t Make Ends Meet

A new report by the Institute for Women's Policy Research finds that 30 percent of working families (age 19-64) in West Virginia are economically insecure, which means they don't make enough money to meet basic monthly expenses (food, transportation, housing, utilities, etc.) and reach modest financial goals. The economic insecurity measures takes into account working adults that…

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