Medicaid Work Reporting Requirements Will Cause Significant Harm in West Virginia Read More

Proposals to force people who do not report a set number of hours worked per month would cause thousands of West Virginians to lose their Medicaid health coverage. The vast majority would become uninsured. This would lead to poorer health outcomes, more financial insecurity for low-income people, and reduced revenues for hospitals while raising health […]

Medicaid Work Reporting Requirements Will Cause Significant Harm in West Virginia
Medicaid Expansion Has Saved 435 Lives in West Virginia Read More

A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) finds that 435 lives were saved since West Virginia expanded Medicaid in 2014. The study compares death rates of the near-elderly – those between the ages of 55 and 64 – in states that have and have not expanded Medicaid and finds that in […]

Medicaid Expansion Has Saved 435 Lives in West Virginia
It's Not Too Late to Fix Our Future Read More

A recent article in Vox by David Roberts highlights how a coal mining bust in Wyoming is resulting in “vulture capitalism” as investors buy up bankrupt coal mines while coal executives receive large bonuses and the communities in Wyoming struggle with thousands of laid off workers, lost pensions, environmental degradation, and an undiversified economy. This […]

It's Not Too Late to Fix Our Future
Wells, Allen: What Better Investment for Surplus than Census? Read More

In under nine months, the decennial Census will begin, with a goal of enumerating, or counting, all who live in West Virginia. The Census determines how much political representation we get at the state and federal levels and how much federal investment comes to West Virginia for programs that fund highways, school lunches, health care, […]

Wells, Allen: What Better Investment for Surplus than Census?

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WVCBP in the News
At Summer Policy Institute, Experts Discuss Mass Incarceration

Charleston Gazette-Mail – Before West Virginia can make any substantial progress in lowering its incarceration rates, Lida Shepherd, with the American Friends Service Committee, said that residents here — and everywhere — need to shift the way they think about “wrongdoings.” Read article. “We need to shift the idea of what we consider bad behavior, and […]

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Ted Boettner: Time to Raise Gas Severance Tax

West Virginians have something to learn from Alaskans. Several years ago, Jay Hammond, the Republican governor of Alaska from 1974-1982, wrote a memoir called “Diapering the Devil,” about how Alaska turned its rich oil assets into an everlasting source of wealth by creating the Alaska Permanent Fund. Read op-ed in the Charleston Gazette-Mail. During the […]

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Justice Forms Census Committee After Urging

Parkersburg News and Sentinel, Martinsburg Journal, Wheeling Intelligencer – After a think tank raised concerns, Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday the creation of a committee to ensure all West Virginians are counted for the 2020 U.S. Census. Read article. Justice, in a press release Friday, said preparations are underway for creating a Complete Count Committee to […]

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