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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 9, 2019 by Sean O'Leary
What to Watch for in the Governor’s Budget

Governor Justice will be making his State of the State address this week, followed by the release of his proposed FY 2020 budget. Here's some key areas of the budget to watch for: Pay Raise and PEIA The governor has previously promised an additional five-percent pay raise for public employees, as well as pledging $100…

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December 26, 2018 by Sean O'Leary
A Severance Tax Cut Would Be Coal in West Virginia’s Stocking

One year after celebrating the repeal of the Clean Power Plan, the West Virginia Coal Association, apparently unhappy with the results of the "most impactful decision to date for the nation’s energy security and stability," is back asking for more, once again calling for a reduction in the coal severance tax. The Coal Association argues that…

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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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December 18, 2018 by Sean O'Leary
Stronger Family Policies Can Improve Labor Force Participation

West Virginia has historically had one of the lowest labor force participation rates in the country. The labor force participation rate (LFPR) is the share of people 16 years or older either working or seeking work.  A healthy LFPR is a key driver of a society’s economic output per capita and overall standard of living in…

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December 13, 2018 by Sean O'Leary
PEIA Task Force Comes Up Empty on Big Question

Last Spring, Governor Justice formed the West Virginia PEIA Task Force  which was set up to find a long-term solution to the issues facing the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency, namely the growing cost of health care for teachers and other public employees. The deadline for the task force's recommendations was this week, and while…

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November 20, 2018 by Sean O'Leary
State Tax Policy Can Advance Racial Equity

Earlier this month, a report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy showed how the federal tax cut bill signed last year by President Trump exacerbated the growing racial wealth gap in the country. By gearing the bulk of its tax cuts to the very wealthy, who are overwhelmingly white, the Tax Cuts and…

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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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