Budget Beat

January 22, 2021 by WVCBP
Criminal Justice Priorities for the 2021 Legislative Session

Feb. 10 marks the beginning of West Virginia’s 85th Legislature, and with this session lawmakers will have the opportunity to build upon their 2020 criminal justice reform efforts. The following are WVCBP's criminal justice priorities for 2021:- Immediately Protect Incarcerated People & Correctional Facility Staff Amid COVID-19 - Pursue Robust Sentencing Reform - Enhance Transparency in…

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December 18, 2020 by WVCBP
The Case Against Austerity: Why Protecting Investments in West Virginia Families and Communities is Key to COVID-19 Recovery

As Gov. Justice and legislative leaders signal desire to implement new tax cuts during the upcoming legislative session, our new issue brief explains how such cuts would harm West Virginia's economic recovery and benefit the wealthy at the expense of all others. Decades of research and West Virginia’s own experience show that cutting taxes will lead to…

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December 4, 2020 by WVCBP
Major CARES Act Provisions Will Expire at the End of the Year Without Action from Congress

In March, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which established several programs that have since proved critical for stabilizing the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act’s remaining provisions will expire on December 31, leaving Americans anxiously awaiting Congress’s next economic relief package. But with no precise congressional…

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November 13, 2020 by WVCBP
13th Annual State of Working West Virginia Report Released This Week

Amid a tumultuous year when national attention once again focused on the issue of racial inequality, our 13th annual State of Working West Virginia report provides robust data analysis highlighting the racial inequity that persists in West Virginia, as well as thoughtful policy solutions from local community leaders. While the findings provided in this report…

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November 6, 2020 by WVCBP
The Affordable Care Act Remains Essential to West Virginia Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The open enrollment period to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) started on November 1 and continues through December 15. This period allows individuals without existing health coverage to enroll in a private insurance plan or Medicaid – all in one place. As the nation continues to contend with the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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October 30, 2020 by WVCBP
Five Scary Charts About West Virginia’s Recovery

It's almost Halloween, a spooky time of year with ghosts, witches, zombies, and unemployment claims data. If you love being scared, check out these bone-chilling charts featuring some ghastly trends on West Virginia's economic recovery during COVID-19. But be warned, these blood-curdling bars and spine-tingling lines are not for the squeamish. West Virginia lost 93,900…

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