Banning the Box in West Virginia: Giving Workers with Criminal Records a Fair Chance Read More

When people leave the criminal justice system, a combination of family support, community assistance, and economic opportunity is needed to help them stay out. Having access to employment opportunities is key, providing not just financial resources, but also connections to society that help those with criminal records reintegrate successfully. Read report. Unfortunately, people with a […]

Banning the Box in West Virginia: Giving Workers with Criminal Records a Fair Chance
It's Time to Raise the Natural Gas Severance Tax Read More

What if we used the wealth from our natural resources to invest in a brighter future for West Virginians instead of sending that wealth out of state?

It's Time to Raise the Natural Gas Severance Tax
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
The Health 202: Obamacare Marketplaces Open for Enrollment Today in Somewhat Healthier Shape Read More

Washington Post – WVCBP Director of Policy Engagement Kelly Allen is quoted in this Washington Post article on how West Virginians have been losing coverage and enrollment in the Obamacare marketplace since 2017. One of the reasons may be because West Virginia is one of just three states banning “silver loading” which, if allowed, would […]

The Health 202: Obamacare Marketplaces Open for Enrollment Today in Somewhat Healthier Shape

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Sean O'Leary: Use Economic Data With Care

Charleston Gazette-Mail – Every year, at our Summer Policy Institute, I give a presentation to the students there on finding and working with economic and other data sources. One of the key lessons is that, with economic data, particularly in a small state like West Virginia, there is a balance between timeliness and accuracy. Read […]

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Ted Boettner: Health Care Premiums Just Taxes by Another Name

Charleston Gazette-Mail – While the United States is a low-tax country compared to most industrialized nations, for a majority of Americans it doesn’t feel this way. That’s largely because private health insurance companies receive a large portion of our income every month. If we sent our money to a publicly run health insurance plan (e.g. Medicare) […]

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