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January 4, 2019

2019 Legislative Session Right Around the Corner

West Virginia’s sixty-day legislative session starts Wednesday, January 9. Stay tuned to Budget Beat each Friday as we bring you a recap of the week’s legislative developments, from the governor’s state of state address on Wednesday night, to the fate of key pieces of legislation, to the discussion of the budget proposed for the upcoming fiscal year.

Here is a preview from Governing Magazine of what the biggest policy issues are across the country, many of which will be debated this year in West Virginia. The biggest topics will likely include elimination of the state’s industrial personal property tax, funds for pay raises and PEIA, home-rule, the foster-care crisis, higher-education reform, among others.

We will continue our priority to protect the state’s safety net including access to important programs like Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which help keep West Virginia’s working families out of poverty.

Here’s how SNAP helped one West Virginian:

Tickets Still Available for the 6th Annual Budget Breakfast!
Tickets are selling quickly for the year’s Budget Breakfast taking place on Wednesday, January 16 at the Charleston Marriott Town Center.
Breakfast starts at 7:30 and our program runs from 8:00 – 9:00 AM.
We are pleased to welcome Seema Sadanandan, Director of State Campaigns for the Alliance for Safety and Justice as our keynote speaker. Kicking off the morning will be Ted’s annual analysis of the governor’s proposed budget.

You won’t want to miss it!

Want to Be the Next Budget Beat Editor?
We Are Hiring!
The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy is currently seeking a Communications Specialist.
The Communications Specialist is responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive communications strategy that advances public policies that improve the quality of life for all West Virginians. This includes media relations, public campaigns, publication design, social media, and website and database management. Interested applicants are encouraged to send their resumes to
We will post a link to the full job description in next week’s Budget Beat.

Friday, January 11:
Women’s and Girls’ Day at the Legislature
Join the West Virginia Women’s Commission, WVCBP and others January 11 at the Culture Center for the 2019 Women’s and Girls’ Day at the Legislature.
WVCBP staff will be there talking about the work necessary to close the gender pay gap and other policies important to women, girls, families and growing shared prosperity in West Virginia. WVCBP outreach coordinator Kelly Allen recently talked with the podcast New Activist on the Block about the report – listen here.
January 15:
Our Children Our Future Kids and Families Day
Join us for the 6th Annual Kids and Families Day at the Capitol sponsored by the Our Children Our Future campaigan. Be part of one of the largest legislative events as we educate and advocate for issues concerning working families and children in West Virginia. Kids and Families Day 2019 will showcase exhibits, actions/advocacy events with local legislators, and educational opportunities for everyone!

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