Posts by WVCBP

April 19, 2019 by WVCBP
How Much Would It Cost to End Child Poverty in West Virginia?

West Virginia has the 4th-highest child poverty rate in the country. Children living in poverty face lower educational achievement, maltreatment and other obstacles that affect them for the rest of their lives. Reducing child poverty has a price tag less than recent tax cuts for corporations and would do more to benefit the families of…

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April 18, 2019 by WVCBP
Companies Tout Economic Benefit of Gas Drilling While Seeking Tax Breaks

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Earlier this year, at a legislative breakfast in Charleston, representatives from two of West Virginia’s natural gas associations spoke about the economic benefits of the industry. Read full article. The state was prospering thanks to the oil and gas industry, said Charlie Burd, executive director of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of…

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April 12, 2019 by WVCBP
Tell Us Your Story

The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy is partnering with the West Virginia Council of Churches on Strength in Stability, a digital project telling the stories of West Virginians who were empowered by the security they found by receiving benefits from programs like SNAP and Medicaid. We tell the success stories of those who…

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April 8, 2019 by WVCBP
Climbing the Mountain

The gender pay gap in West Virginia and policies to close it. A discussion with Public Policy Fellow Tara Holmes and Policy Outreach Coordinator Kelly Allen.  

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April 5, 2019 by WVCBP
Governor Signs Good and Bad Policies Into Law

The March 27 deadline to take action on bills from Governor Jim Justice saw mixed results. The good news is that medical coverage for expecting mothers will be expanded through the signing of Senate Bill 564. This legislation will expand Medicaid and CHIP coverage to higher levels of income, ensuring more West Virginia children a…

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March 27, 2019 by WVCBP
Justice Signs Bill Lowering Coal Severance Tax

WV Metro News - In front of West Virginia coal miners, Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill lowering severance taxes on thermal or steam coal in West Virginia from five percent to three percent. Read full article. Justice had a signing ceremony Wednesday at the Harrison County Coal Company’s Harrison County Mine in Mannington, signing into…

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March 25, 2019 by WVCBP
Exemption for Seniors Likely Next Tax Season

Beckley Register-Herald - A bill to exempt Social Security income from state personal income tax will likely take effect next tax filing season – in the 2019 tax year. Read full article. House Bill 2001, sponsored by Del. Jason Harshbarger, R-Ritchie, passed during the legislative session, which ended March 9, and was sent to the governor…

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March 14, 2019 by WVCBP
The 2019 Legislative Session: the Good, the Bad, the Defeated

The 2019 Legislative Session ended this past Saturday. Overall, it was one of the more successful legislative sessions in recent years, all things considered. There were also a string of disappointments along with some surprising victories and the defeat of many bad bills. Reducing Food Insecurity (HB 2459): West Virginia was just one of three…

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March 8, 2019 by WVCBP
Bill Expanding Medicaid for Pregnant Women Passes in House

Charleston Gazette-Mail - The House of Delegates on Friday passed a bill expanding health care coverage to low-income pregnant women. Read full article. Senate Bill 546 passed in the House with a 97-3 vote. Delegates Tom Fast, R-Fayette; Pat McGeehan, R-Hancock; and Marshall Wilson, R- Berkeley, voted against the bill. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tom…

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