Posts by Tara Martinez

September 25, 2018 by Tara Martinez
So the Hungry Can Eat

Former West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy Outreach Coordinator and current Manna Meal Inc. Executive Director Tara Martinez penned this guest blog piece. Martinez brings a provider perspective that urges Congress to reject cuts to food assistance and pass the Senate Farm Bill. The House version - which dramatically cuts food assistance - and the Senate version - which…

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April 10, 2017 by Tara Martinez
Public Called to Weigh In on WV State Budget

Public News Service - At the last moment, the State Legislature passed a budget with deep cuts to to Medicaid and to K-12 and higher education. Now community groups are saying the voices of West Virginians are going to be vital to resolving the state's budget standoff. Read.

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March 7, 2017 by Tara Martinez
Big Tax Hike Coming?

Record Delta - Middle class families could face a $1,000 tax hike if a consumption tax bill currently under discussion in the West Virginia Senate becomes law, a policy outreach coordinator from the W.Va. Center on Budget and Policy said at a "Lunch and Learn" event held on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College…

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September 14, 2016 by Tara Martinez
The West Virginia Budget Crisis – How Did We Get Here? How Can We Get Back on Track?

Years of shrinking funding have undermined West Virginia’s most important public investments, such as higher education. The state now faces another significant budget shortfall next year that could result in more unaffordable spending cuts that continue to erode core public services that provide a foundation for prosperity in the state. Unless lawmakers act, the state…

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June 10, 2016 by Tara Martinez
West Virginia Groups Call for Action Against Government Shut Down

For Immediate ReleaseContact Tara MartinezA coalition of statewide organizations came together this morning to take action on the looming fears of a state government shutdown. The politics no longer matter. The real issue of jobs and services to our citizens has hit a boiling point."When we consider the extent to which citizens depend on our…

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