Posts by WVCBP

January 17, 2020 by WVCBP
Who Pays? Rethinking West Virginia’s Tax System

To get a sense of a state's values, one often need look no further than its tax system. What a state spends its tax dollars on and how it acquires those tax dollars typically reveals a lot about the priorities of its people-what they care about and what they stand for. In theory, it's a…

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January 15, 2020 by WVCBP
Lawmakers Discuss West Virginia Budget at Annual “Budget Breakfast”

WOWK-TV - There was a lot to chew on during the annual “Budget Breakfast” sponsored by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. Governor Jim Justice’s proposed four-and-a-half billion dollar spending plan was the main course. That focused a lot of talk about repealing the state’s business equipment and inventory tax, which critics say slows…

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January 15, 2020 by WVCBP
Food Stamps Work Requirement Causes More Harm than Good

Times West Virginia - West Virginia was in national news earlier this week and, as is the usual case when our state draws the attention of the likes of the New York Times, it was not a positive story. Read article. The story headlined “What happened when a state made food stamps harder to get,” illuminated…

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January 15, 2020 by WVCBP
Reducing Taxes as a Path to Growth? A Look at the Evidence

Dr. Sian Mughan prepared this presentation for the 2020 Budget Breakfast held on January 15, 2020. Dr. Mughan is assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. Her research interests include local government finance, fiscal federalism, criminal justice policy, and institutions. Some of her research has shown how tax and budgetary…

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January 13, 2020 by WVCBP
Media Advisory: Overview of 2021 State Budget, Tax Proposals, and Corporate Tax Cuts to Highlight 7th Annual Budget Breakfast

Contact: Linda Frame, 304-720-8682 or 304-419-1454 What: 7th annual Budget Breakfast Where/When: Charleston Marriott Town Center. Wednesday, January 15. Breakfast starts at 7:30 AM. Program runs 7:50 - 9:00 AM. Who: WVCBP Executive Director Ted Boettner will provide overview of governor's proposed budget for FY 2021. Keynote: Sian Mughan, assistant professor in the School of…

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January 10, 2020 by WVCBP
Top Legislative Priority Would Take Resources from Schools and Counties

Legislative leadership appears poised to pass yet another round of corporate tax cuts that will hurt working families, our schools and colleges, and push more money out-of-state to large corporations. It doesn't have to be this way. Lawmakers could instead put their efforts toward investing in our communities, our health, our education, and the workers…

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January 10, 2020 by WVCBP
WV Dems to Focus on Small Businesses, Infrastructure in 2020

Associated Press - West Virginia Democrats on Thursday said their 2020 legislative platform will focus on education, infrastructure, small businesses and social services. Read article. Democrats in the GOP-led statehouse detailed their “West Virginians First” agenda at a press conference marking the second day of the state’s 60-day legislative session. “We would like at this time…

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January 9, 2020 by WVCBP
W.Va. Dems Highlight State’s Population Loss In State Of The State Address Rebuttal

WV Public Broadcasting - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice discussed state efforts to improve roads, his opposition to sanctuary cities and his administration’s work to combat addiction at his annual State of the State Address Wednesday evening. Read article. One thing Democrats said they didn’t hear? “West Virginia is hemorrhaging population,” Del. Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, said.

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January 8, 2020 by WVCBP
Nathan Brown: Optimism Abound for Upcoming Legislative Session

Logan Banner - As the new year begins, optimism seems to abound regarding the upcoming regular session for West Virginia’s 84th Legislature. The regular session begins Jan. 8, with the governor’s State of the State address at 7 p.m. that night at the State’s Capitol. With 2020 being an election year, it will be interesting to…

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