Posts by Tara Holmes

February 5, 2019 by Tara Holmes
Lifting the SNAP Ban on Drug Felons Can Help All West Virginians

Picture this: there is a federal program that is able to help with transitioning drug offenders back into society when they are released from prison. It provides up to around $200 per month (non-cash) only to be used to meet necessary food expenses for the offender and their family. It is paid for with federal…

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January 19, 2019 by Tara Holmes
Bill Would Reverse Ban on Drug Felons Getting SNAP Benefits

Huntington Herald-Dispatch - Currently in West Virginia, a person convicted of mass murder can receive food assistance from the state if he or she is released from prison, but a felony drug conviction comes with a lifetime ban. Legislators hope to make that more fair and hopefully give those who served their time a better second…

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January 18, 2019 by Tara Holmes
What is the SNAP Drug Felon Ban?

In 1996, Congress passed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) which created a federal lifetime ban on benefits from SNAP for individuals convinced of drug-related felonies. State legislatures have the option to modify the terms of this ban or to opt out of the provision altogether. Download PDF.

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October 31, 2018 by Tara Holmes
Climbing the Mountain: Closing the Gender Pay Gap in West Virginia

West Virginia has one of the largest gender pay gaps in the nation and the highest of all surrounding states, according to Climbing the Mountain: Closing the Gender Pay Gap in West Virginia, a new West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy report. PDF of report. The report shows shows in 2017, women working full-time, year round in West…

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September 30, 2018 by Tara Holmes
Closing the Gender Pay Gap

In 2016, West Virginia women earned just 72 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. The median earnings of full-time male workers were $12,801 higher than the median earnings of full-time women workers - a 28 percent pay gap. West Virginia has the largest pay gap out of all the surrounding states and…

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May 19, 2018 by Tara Holmes
It’s Time to Revamp W.Va.’s Soda Tax

Clarksburg Exponent Telegram - America, and particularly West Virginia, has an addiction to sugar that leads to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and a number of other health-related issues. Read. 

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May 3, 2018 by Tara Holmes
Progressive Revenue Solutions to Fiscal Woes Gaining Traction

Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy - This week, Arizona teachers continued to strike over pay issues and advocates unveiled a progressive revenue solution they hope to put before voters, while a progressive income tax also gained support as part of a resolution to Illinois’s budget troubles. Read. 

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