Posts by WVCBP

August 16, 2019 by WVCBP
Public Charge Rule Would Harm WV Families

On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Trump Administration finalized their public charge rule, which will allow immigration officials to deny green cards and citizenship to immigrants or would-be immigrants who are determined likely to receive even modest assistance from programs like SNAP and Medicaid at any point over their lifetimes. This…

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August 9, 2019 by WVCBP
Governor Forms Census Committee

This week, Governor Justice announced that he will form a Census Committee to help ensure that the state gets an accurate number during next year's count. The WVCBP and our coalition partners have publicly urged the governor to take this step and we applaud this move. Our message included the following statement from Kelly Allen,…

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August 2, 2019 by WVCBP
SPI Recap/Multiple Ways to Lend Your Voice

Last week, the WV Center on Budget and Policy held our fourth annual Summer Policy Institute, which gathered over 40 students from around the state to strengthen their policy knowledge and network with policy professionals. This year's SPI was held at West Virginia State University in Institute, West Virginia, with a theme of criminal justice…

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July 31, 2019 by WVCBP
West Virginia Ignores Risk of Census Undercount in 2020

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Kelly Allen; 304-612-4180 Charleston, WV – Many West Virginia residents are at risk of not being counted in the 2020 census due to inadequate funding and fears about participating following Trump’s failed citizenship question, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. To improve participation and help ensure a…

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July 28, 2019 by WVCBP
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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July 26, 2019 by WVCBP
Tune Into this Weekend’s Summer Policy Institute!

At our 4th annual Summer Policy Institute this weekend at West Virginia State University, students will focus on criminal justice reform and developing policy recommendations to reduce incarceration rates and develop alternatives to incarceration. Check out these two events live on Facebook on Saturday, July 27: 9:00 - 10:15AM Panel: We Can Get There From…

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July 19, 2019 by WVCBP
Getting West Virginia’s Full Count in the 2020 Census

Help West Virginia Get an Accurate Census Count The 2020 Census is just around the corner with a goal of counting every West Virginia resident. 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…

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July 16, 2019 by WVCBP
ACLU Kicks Off Campaigns in Wheeling

Wheeling Intelligencer - Leaders of the Northern Panhandle chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union met in Wheeling Monday to discuss three goals the organization has, outlining their trajectory for the next three years. Read article. Eight local residents attended the meeting, held at the First State Capitol building on Eoff Street for the Campaign Kickoff…

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July 12, 2019 by WVCBP
SNAP Time Limits Harming Those In Need

Tim Keefe is a Navy veteran who lost his job after an injury. Due to SNAP's 20-hour rule, he lost his food-assistance benefits and was unable to eat. Hear his story in this two-minute video produced by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Seeing Past the False Promises of Tax Incentives Missouri and Kansas…

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July 5, 2019 by WVCBP
Jobs and Risk — Atlantic Coast Pipeline Shutdown Divides W.Va.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - When life long Valley Head resident Melissa Wilfong first heard that the 600-mile Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline was going to be constructed just a few miles from her community, she wasn’t happy. “My first thought was, ‘oh no, they're going to just tear up everything and be a nuisance,’” she…

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