Lifting the SNAP Ban on Drug Felons Can Help All West Virginians Read the Full Blog Post

Picture this: there is a federal program that is able to help with transitioning drug offenders back into society when they are released from prison. It provides up to around $200 per month (non-cash) only to be used to meet necessary food expenses for the offender and their family. It is paid for with federal dollars and would have little to no added administrative cost because it’s already in place through existing West Virginia programs. Would you be interested?

Lifting the SNAP Ban on Drug Felons Can Help All West Virginians
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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Education & Human Services
Public Money for Private Schools: Education Savings Accounts Can Grow Costly While Doing Little to Improve Education

West Virginia legislators are considering enacting voucher-like programs to transfer tax-payer money to private schools. This week they introduced a proposal to create Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) as part of the omnibus education reform bill, SB 451, which would set public money aside for educational services, including private school tuition, textbooks and curriculum materials, private […]

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Taking Inventory: The Impact of Exempting Business Personal Property Taxes in West Virginia

For years some lawmakers have pushed for eliminating or greatly reducing property taxes on business personal property. The result could mean shifting tax responsibilities onto people, more reductions in vital services such as schools, or a combination of both. During the 2019 Legislative Session, there have been two proposals for a constitutional amendment to eliminate or […]

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West Virginians' wages raised, increasing pay by $156.8 million annually.


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