Budget Beat

January 11th, 2019 by
Governor Previews More Tax Cuts for Out-of-State Businesses, Light on Help for Working Families

The 2019 Legislative Session has just begun and Governor Jim Justice released his proposed budget and stated his funding priorities for the upcoming fiscal year in his State of the State speech on Wednesday. While promising to give state employees and school workers another five-percent raise, he also wants to eliminate the industrial property tax…

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January 4th, 2019 by
2019 Legislative Session Right Around the Corner

West Virginia's sixty-day legislative session starts Wednesday, January 9. Stay tuned to Budget Beat each Friday as we bring you a recap of the week's legislative developments, from the governor's state of state address on Wednesday night, to the fate of key pieces of legislation, to the discussion of the budget proposed for the upcoming…

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March 30th, 2018 by
2018 Legislative Wrap-Up

The 2018 regular legislative session was certainly one to remember. West Virginia saw its first-ever statewide teachers strike, a host of bad bills introduced, and a governor often missing from the statehouse at critical times. Let’s take a look back at what happened and how low- and moderate-income West Virginians fared under the capitol dome…

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November 12th, 2016 by
Budget Beat: Reaction to the Election

Reggie Jones, who is the director of PRIDE Community Services in Logan, West Virginia, summed up the election best: "We're suffering in this state, and I don't see any end in sight." No matter who you voted for in the election, it is undeniably true that working families in West Virginia are struggling and have…

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September 2nd, 2016 by
What Do Cuts to Higher Ed Mean to You?

Join Us in the WVU Mountainlair - In Person or Streaming! Balancing the state budget has meant year after year of cuts to higher education funding in West Virginia. Public colleges and universities have been forced to respond with tuition hikes while the state's Promise scholarship has remained flat, putting college affordability out of reach…

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October 30th, 2015 by
Don’t Miss This Bloodcurdling Budget Beat

Our Latest Spine-Chilling Reports There's been some scary talk about tax overhaul in recent months. One option that appears to be on the table for legislators is eliminating or reducing the business personal property tax. This reliable, constant revenue stream helps maintain West Virginia schools which would be forced to choose between cutting back in…

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July 31st, 2015 by
Budget Beat – July 31, 2015

Medicaid at 50 Helping More West Virginians Live Healthier Lives Medicaid provides health coverage that helps low-income seniors, children and people with disabilities get needed health care. It provides parents and other adults economic security through health coverage that protect them from medical debt and allows them to stay healthy and work. It is jointly…

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July 17th, 2015 by
Budget Beat – July 17, 2015

The Fast Fast Facts on "Right to Work" Check out our second edition of Fast Facts. This issue explains the real meaning of "Right to Work" and its broken promise of economic growth in states that have adopted it. It's a policy that could actually lower wages in West Virginia which already has a median…

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July 10th, 2015 by
Budget Beat – July 10, 2015

Check Out Fast Facts! This summer we are launching a series of short publications to present the facts on issues of the day. Our premiere issue of Fast Facts is about the ongoing debate on the state's prevailing wage. This quick read will give you everything you need to know on this important issue impacting…

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