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August 10, 2023 by Rhonda Rogombe
SNAP Requirement for Some Enrollees to Report Work Restarting

On July 1, 2023, West Virginia restarted pre-pandemic time limits for adults receiving food stamps via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The time limits apply to adults between 18 and 49 without a documented disability and without children under 18 in the household, often referred to as able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs), though this…

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August 3, 2023 by WVCBP
Recapping Our Summer Policy Institute

This piece was authored by Katelyn Campbell, who worked with the WVCBP to plan and co-create the curriculum for the Summer Policy Institute, and Teri Castle, an SPI attendee and our criminal legal summer research fellow. The WVCBP co-hosts the Summer Policy Institute with the American Friends Service Committee annually. Katelyn is a scholar of…

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August 2, 2023 by Kelly Allen, Sean O'Leary
July Tax Collections Continue a Concerning Downward Trend

July’s tax collections continued a concerning trend of declining revenues, even before the 2023 tax cuts have been fully implemented. July’s collections came in 12 percent, or $46 million, below last July’s revenues, barely exceeding fairly modest revenue estimates and creating significant doubt about the current and future availability of revenue to pay for a…

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June 27, 2023 by Sara Whitaker,
Motherhood Behind Bars: My Story

This blog post was authored by Teri Castle, the 2023 Criminal Legal Reform Summer Research Fellow for the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. Seventeen years ago, I was being held in Western Regional Jail, waiting to be transferred to Lakin Correctional Center. I had just been convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to…

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June 21, 2023 by Seth DiStefano
New SNAP Restrictions Will Worsen Hunger for Older West Virginians

SNAP restrictions included in this month's federal debt limit deal will impact the Mountain State more severely than any other state on a per capita basis due to West Virginia's aging population. Nationwide, nearly 750,000 older adults aged 50-54 will be at risk of losing their food assistance due to these new provisions, including 7,000…

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June 8, 2023 by Rhonda Rogombe
An Early Look at the End of Medicaid’s Public Health Emergency

West Virginia, alongside the rest of the nation, began rolling some residents off of Medicaid in April upon expiration of the three-year continuous coverage protection triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic downturn. The flexibilities implemented during that time helped keep many West Virginians healthy and economically stable. And while the federally-recognized COVID-19 public health…

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June 7, 2023 by Kelly Allen
Erosion of State Funding for Higher Education Explains Most of WVU’s Budget Crisis

West Virginia University is currently facing a $45 million budget shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year, expected to balloon to $75 million annually by 2028. During this year’s State of the University address, WVU President Gordon Gee pointed to several factors driving the shortfall including declining college-aged population, lower college-going rates, and rising financial costs.…

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May 31, 2023 by Sara Whitaker
Jail Overcrowding Bill Goes Into Effect June 9, 2023

Throughout the 2023 legislative session, lawmakers spoke often about the ongoing state of emergency in West Virginia jails. To them, the crisis was the record-high staff vacancies within the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DCR). But people behind bars have been living in a state of emergency for years. In the last decade, West Virginia…

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May 25, 2023 by Rhonda Rogombe
Black Infant and Maternal Mortality Must Be a Priority in West Virginia

Infants and birthing parents are dying at alarming rates in West Virginia. Infant and maternal mortality rates are essential statistics measuring overall societal health. In particular, the disparities in life outcomes between Black and white babies and mothers raise questions about health equity and the ability of our health care system to respond to both…

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