Posts by Kelly Allen

April 15, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Kelly Allen: Time to Re-Evaluate How People Are Taxed

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Just like voting, paying taxes is a civic duty and a shared expression of our representative democracy. Our taxes allow us to achieve together what any one of us would never be able to accomplish individually or through charity. Link to article. Inscribed above the entrance of the Internal Revenue Service building…

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April 3, 2019 by Kelly Allen
USDA Proposed SNAP Rule Would Harm Residents and the Economy

Click here to see our full comments on the USDA’s proposed rule. SNAP plays a critical role for food security in West Virginia, where 14.6 percent of the population is food insecure. In Fiscal Year 2017, SNAP reached 19 percent of the population, or 340,000 residents. Children who receive SNAP in early childhood see improved…

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March 21, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Registration Open for WVCBP’s Fourth Annual Summer Policy Institute

Our annual Summer Policy Institute brings together highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students for a three-day immersive learning experience. This year’s SPI will be held from July 26- 28 at WV State University in Institute, WV. Participants will: -Learn about vital policy issues affecting West Virginians. -Network with fellow students and policymakers from state government,…

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March 4, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Paid Family and Medical Leave Crucial to West Virginia Workers and Families

West Virginia has a unique opportunity to lead the way in providing paid leave benefits to all workers. A bipartisan group of Senators has introduced SCR 41, which would instruct the legislature to study the costs, benefits, and implementation of creating a paid family and medical leave program in West Virginia. Although there is bipartisan…

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January 24, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Legislative Engagement Workshop Held in Wheeling

WTOV - Wheeling residents had the chance to learn more about West Virginia legislature on Wednesday during a workshop at the First State Capitol Building downtown. Read/watch. The workshop gave guests an overview of the West Virginia state government and political infrastructure. Guests also engaged in mock interviews to learn how to talk to legislators.

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January 9, 2019 by Kelly Allen
SNAP Safe for Now, but Regulations Threaten

Beckley Register-Herald - Last month, in a major victory for West Virginians, Congress passed a farm bill that protects the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps thousands in our state, and millions across the country, put food on their tables. Read article. The final, overwhelmingly bipartisan bill rejected harmful cuts and changes to SNAP…

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December 20, 2018 by Kelly Allen
Here’s Where the Affordable Care Act Stands Following Texas Judge’s Decision

Earlier this month, a US District Court Judge issued a ruling in the Texas v. Azar lawsuit brought by 20 state attorneys general, including West Virginia’s Patrick Morrisey. If upheld, this ruling would invalidate the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA), which includes many important provisions beyond the ACA’s marketplaces and pre-existing condition protections. It is…

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November 15, 2018 by Kelly Allen
Food for All Summit Brings Hundreds Together to Advance Food Security

Earlier this week, nearly 100 West Virginians, including farmers, educators, advocates and food pantry representatives, gathered in Buckhannon to address solutions to hunger in the Mountain State. The Food for All Summit was hosted by the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition, the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy and other partners to focus…

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