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October 31st, 2018 by
Much Work Remains to Close West Virginia’s Gender Pay Gap

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Caitlin Cook (304) 543-4879 (Charleston, WV) - West Virginia has one of the largest gender pay gaps in the nation and the highest of all surrounding states, according to a new West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy report released today. The report, Climbing the Mountain: Closing the Gender Pay Gap in West Virginia, shows in 2017,…

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October 23rd, 2018 by
Rural West Virginia’s Economy, Health and Growth Lags Behind the Rest of State

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Caitlin Cook (304) 543-4879 (Charleston, WV) - West Virginia's population is increasingly living in urban areas, with those urban areas experiencing all the state's job growth in the past quarter century, leaving rural West Virginia behind in many key areas, according to a report released today from the West Virginia Center on Budget and…

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October 17th, 2018 by
Low-Income West Virginians Pay Far More in Taxes as a Percent of Income Than Wealthiest West Virginians

For Immediate Release Media Contacts: Caitlin Cook (304) 543-4879 (Charleston, WV) - The lowest-income West Virginians pay 21 percent more in taxes as a percent of their income compared to the state's wealthiest residents, according to a new study released today by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) and the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. The study, Who…

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October 4th, 2018 by
West Virginia’s Cuts to Higher Education Are Shortchanging Future Generations

For Immediate Release Media Contacts: Caitlin Cook (304) 543-4879, WVCBP or Jacob Kaufman-Waldron, (202) 325-8746, CBPP (Charleston, WV) - West Virginia’s inadequate public investment in higher education over the last decade has contributed to rising tuition prices, often leaving students with little choice but to take on more debt or give up on their dreams of going to college,…

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September 13th, 2018 by
West Virginia Poverty Rate Up, Has Not Decreased Since Great Recession

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Caitlin Cook (304) 543-4879 (Charleston, WV) - More West Virginians lived in poverty in 2017 than in 2016, according to Census data released today. An estimated 336,301 West Virginians lived in poverty in 2017, for a total poverty rate of 19.1 percent, a 1.2 percentage point increase from 2016. West Virginia’s poverty rate in 2017…

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September 12th, 2018 by
After Years of Historic Health Coverage Gains, Fewer West Virginians Had Health Care in 2017

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Caitlin Cook (304) 543-4879 (Charleston, WV) - Fewer West Virginians had access to health care in 2017 than in 2016, despite recent health coverage gains in the years following the Affordable Care Act, according Census data released today. It shows 109,000 West Virginians lacked health insurance in 2017, an increase of 13,000 from 2016. West…

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August 9th, 2018 by
Strengthening West Virginia Families: Seven Policies to Build Shared Prosperity

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Caitlin Cook (304) 543-4879 (Charleston, WV) - West Virginia can create a more prosperous state if the strength of working families and the policies that support them become a priority. This is according to a West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy report released today that details seven policies to reverse the top-down approach…

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April 30th, 2018 by
Strengthening West Virginia’s Soda Tax Would Bring Much-Needed Revenue, Improve Health Outcomes for Residents

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Caitlin Cook, 304.543.4879 (Charleston, WV) – West Virginia can reduce obesity while making much-needed public investments by strengthening its soda tax. Implementing a tax of just one penny-per-ounce could raise almost $100 million and prevent more than 17,000 cases of obesity. This is according to a West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy report,…

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