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June 24, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Indiana’s Medicaid Waiver Isn’t a Model for Other States

As state legislatures and officials around the country consider applying for Medicaid demonstration projects, or waivers, Indiana’s “Healthy Indiana Program 2.0” (HIP 2.0) is often touted as a more efficient way of delivering Medicaid services. But is it? When Indiana adopted the Medicaid expansion in 2015, it did so through a Section 1115 waiver which…

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June 6, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Does West Virginia Invest Enough in Education? A Closer Look at the Data

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released 2017 data on state public school spending that shows West Virginia spends less per student than the national average and less than most of our neighboring states. If you subtract out federal revenue, WV collects less education revenue per student than 31 states (including DC) and nearly $2,000…

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June 5, 2019 by Jessie Ice
Medicaid Buy-in Could Be an Option for West Virginia

Though the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 dramatically reduced the number of uninsured people in the United States in the immediate years following implementation, many states (including West Virginia) have been experiencing a turnaround. West Virginia especially experienced a historic decrease in the number of uninsured citizens. Now, nine years after…

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May 30, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Governor’s Jobs Story Doesn’t Jibe With the Data

Governor Justice is touting recently released state unemployment figures to conclude that West Virginia has the "best job rate in 11 years" and "record-setting job growth". A clear understanding of the data tells a very different story, where West Virginia's economy is performing worse than the rest of the country since he took office and…

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May 29, 2019 by Sean O'Leary
Five Major Federal Tax Credit Proposals and What They Would Mean for West Virginia

Lawmakers in Congress have recently announced five different proposals to either expand existing tax credits of create new ones. While each proposals has its differences, each one would also benefit low- and moderate-income people, particularly in West Virginia. Low- and middle-income West Virginians would see much greater benefits under any of the tax credit proposal…

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May 23, 2019 by Sean O'Leary
Poverty Can’t Be Ignored When It Comes To Education

With a special session on education reform looming, the Chamber of Commerce has weighed in with a "comprehensive" report on education outcomes in West Virginia. Like their previous report on the subject, the Chamber analysis focuses solely on education spending, concluding that West Virginia educational outcomes are too low despite the amount the state is…

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May 16, 2019 by Sean O'Leary
66,000 West Virginians Earn Less Than The Minimum Wage

While a number of states took action recently this year to increase their minimum wages and expand overtimes protections, West Virginia moved in the opposite direction. SB 377, which passed and was signed by the governor, exempted seasonal amusement park workers from being eligible for overtime pay, while HB 2048, which was introduced by not taken…

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May 9, 2019 by Jessie Ice
In the Face of Mounting Evidence that Work Requirements Don’t Work, States are Looking to Expand Job Assistance Programs for Medicaid Recipients Instead

After the Trump administration announced last year that it would support state efforts to add “work requirements” waivers to their Medicaid programs, no less than 15 states have filed for these waivers. In addition to value statements around such things as “fairness”, proponents of these work requirements argue (under the administration’s guidance) that work requirements…

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May 6, 2019 by Sean O'Leary
Scholarship Tax Credits Share the Same Flaws with Education Savings Accounts

With this month's Special Session on education reform looming, Speaker Hanshaw has floated the idea of replacing one controversial policy proposal, Education Savings Accounts (ESA), with another, tax credit scholarships. Like ESA's, tax credit scholarships are another voucher-like policy that create financial incentives for students to leave the public school system and enter into the…

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