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August 17, 2022 by Kelly Allen
Amendment 2 and Tax Cut Efforts Would Exacerbate State Staffing Crises

The real-life consequences of repeatedly enacting flat state budgets are becoming clear across West Virginia in the form of state agency staffing shortages. Just this month, West Virginia Education Association (WVEA) officials warned of record teacher vacancies in the state’s public schools, and Governor Justice declared a state of emergency in the state’s correctional facilities…

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July 21, 2022 by Sean O'Leary
Nothing New About Governor Justice’s Special Session Income Tax Cut Plan

This week, Governor Justice called for a special session to consider yet another attempt to cut the state's income tax. Like previous failed attempts over the past few years, this latest plan would lead to major revenue losses for the state, while giving most of the tax cut to wealthy West Virginians. The personal income…

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July 20, 2022 by Kelly Allen
Pandemic’s Impact on Women and Work Not Yet Over   

While it has been nearly two and a half years since the COVID-19 pandemic began, women have still yet to return to their pre-pandemic employment levels, down 900,000 jobs in June 2022 compared with February 2020. Over the same period, men have reached and now exceeded their pre-pandemic employment levels. Women also saw larger total…

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July 12, 2022 by Sean O'Leary, Kelly Allen
Five Ways to Use West Virginia’s Revenue Surplus to Help Families and Workers

West Virginia ended Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 with revenues coming in at $1.3 billion above estimates. And while that surplus is largely a mirage built on low revenue estimates, unexpectedly high energy prices, and unprecedented amounts of federal aid and budget support, it does present an opportunity to make much-needed investments in the people of…

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June 23, 2022 by Kelly Allen
Abortion Restrictions and Bans Disproportionately Harm Low-income West Virginians

With Roe v. Wade expected to be overturned in the coming weeks, abortion is likely to become even more restricted or altogether banned in West Virginia. Indeed, the fall of Roe will create a stark patchwork of abortion legality and access in states across the country. This will exacerbate scenarios wherein people with means will…

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June 15, 2022 by Sean O'Leary
Property Tax Amendment Could Cost Schools and Local Governments $515 Million, Take Control Away from Local Governments and Voters

Earlier this week, the West Virginia Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance heard from a West Virginia Association of Counties official about the significant potential fiscal impact of the Property Tax Modernization Amendment. If passed, the amendment – which will be on the ballot this November for voters to consider – would lead to the fulfillment…

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June 9, 2022 by Rhonda Rogombe
Housing Insecurity in West Virginia Remains Elevated Despite Economic Recovery

Housing insecurity has been a particularly insidious aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent recession as households’ collective ability to contain the illness relies on their ability to isolate themselves at home. There are several additional factors to consider here, but at its core, the question remains: if you are facing eviction or foreclosure, where…

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June 8, 2022 by Sean O'Leary
Data Doesn’t Support Eliminating the Business Machinery, Equipment, and Inventory Property Tax

During last month's legislative interim session, the Joint Standing Committee on Finance heard a presentation from John Deskins of the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research regarding the elimination of the property tax on business machinery, equipment, and inventory, which will be the topic of a constitutional amendment on the ballot this…

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