2019 Summer Policy Institute Apply Today!

Apply today for the 4th Annual Summer Policy Institute taking place at West Virginia State University July 26-28, 2019. Deadline is April 30.

2019 Summer Policy Institute
Missed Opportunities: The West Virginia FY 2020 Proposed Budget Read report here

Governor Jim Justice’s FY 2020 budget includes new spending initiatives and pay raises while avoiding spending cuts as the state’s financial situation shows signs of stability. While the FY 2020 budget is an improvement after years of budget cuts, it represents a missed opportunity to reverse the damage of past mistakes and invest in a future shared prosperity.

Missed Opportunities: The West Virginia FY 2020 Proposed Budget
West Virginia Shale Development Falls Short of Economic Promise Read report here

The nearly six-fold increase in West Virginia’s natural gas production in the last decade, due largely to shale development, or fracking, has fallen short of expectations for economic growth, job creation, and tax revenue generation, according to a new report released by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.

West Virginia Shale Development Falls Short of Economic Promise
Medicaid Work Requirements: Challenges and Alternatives Read the report

West Virginia is one of the poorest states in the nation, and West Virginians face some of the highest rates of illness and disability. The number of uninsured West Virginians has plummeted since the state’s expansion of Medicaid in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Today, almost a third of West Virginians are covered by Medicaid, with most of the cost paid by the federal government.

Medicaid Work Requirements: Challenges and Alternatives

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SB 564: Expanding Medicaid for Pregnant Women Can Save Lives and Money

Comprehensive prenatal care is key to a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Unfortunately, while the Affordable Care Act allowed West Virginia to expand Medicaid to more pregnant women in the state, many expecting mothers still lack comprehensive health care coverage during pregnancy. West Virginia can ensure more moms and babies are healthy—while saving money for families […]

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