Posts by WVCBP

June 19, 2019 by WVCBP
One of Two Education Tax Credit Bills Still Alive in House

West Virginia Metro News - The House Finance Committee spent just over two hours hashing over HB 168, the so-called Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship program, and barely passed it, with two Republican members crossing over. Read article. Shortly after, chairman Eric Householder, R-Berkeley, took up another tax credit bill, HB 167, but apparently sensing party discord,…

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June 15, 2019 by WVCBP
Josh Sword: For the Chamber and Carmichael, It’s About Money, Not Students

Charleston Gazette - Last month, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce President Steve Roberts penned an opinion column praising the Legislature for taking “a step back from the unknown consequences” of a piece of legislation related to clean water that he said “was not ready for legislative approval.” Read op-ed. “West Virginians have seen all too…

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June 14, 2019 by WVCBP
The Effect of Poverty on Education

The West Virginia House of Delegates will go into a special session on Monday to take up an education omnibus bill passed by the Senate, a bill with many of the same provisions that the House defeated during the regular session. What has been missing from previous discussions of these policies is the connection between…

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June 13, 2019 by WVCBP
Center on Budget and Policy Explores Poverty, Education Reform

The Parthenon (Marshall University) - Amid the state legislature’s summer special sessions for education reform and following the recent release of a report on “The State of Public Education in West Virginia,” by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy took to social media Wednesday to address an apparent…

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June 12, 2019 by WVCBP
Education and Poverty in West Virginia

A conversation with Policy Outreach Director Seth DiStefano and Senior Policy Analyst Sean O'Leary on the connection between poverty and educational outcomes - and why education reform that fails to address underlying poverty doesn't work. Link to video here.

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June 7, 2019 by WVCBP
Does West Virginia Invest Enough in Education?

As West Virginia legislators reconvene soon to take up education reform, they should focus on ways to invest more in our schools and target more funding to schools in higher poverty districts instead of devising ways to redistribute public school money to private corporations. In 2017, West Virginia spent less per pupil on public education…

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May 28, 2019 by WVCBP
Rick Wilson: The Echo Chamber

Charleston Gazette - The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce does a great job of representing the economic interests of its members. It can kill bills with a frown and win without even showing up. That’s been true with both Democratic and Republican majorities. Read op-ed. Of course, this is probably easier to do when one represents…

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May 24, 2019 by WVCBP
SNAP Ban Repeal Goes Into Effect

West Virginia Joins 48 Other States in Repealing SNAP Ban This week legislation went into effect in West Virginia that lifts the ban on SNAP (food stamps) benefits for those convicted of a drug felony. Now only two states have the ban. An estimated 15,000 West Virginians will now be eligible for this federal program…

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May 23, 2019 by WVCBP
SNAP Ban Lifted For Those With Felony Drug Convictions

Huntington Herald-Dispatch - After completing her prison sentence for operating a clandestine methamphetamine lab, Tracy Jividen began to restart her life. Read article. She went to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to sign up for food assistance, which she had been on prior to her felony drug conviction. "The form said, 'Do…

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May 17, 2019 by WVCBP
Keeping Up With Education Reform

With a special session targeting education reform expected in the near future, controversial policies like charter schools and Education Savings Accounts (ESA) are likely to be part of the legislative agenda. A deeper dive into Scholarship Tax Credits, a possible substitute for ESAs, shows that they are likely to benefit wealthy people more than low-…

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