Budget Beat

July 12, 2019 by WVCBP
SNAP Time Limits Harming Those In Need

Tim Keefe is a Navy veteran who lost his job after an injury. Due to SNAP's 20-hour rule, he lost his food-assistance benefits and was unable to eat. Hear his story in this two-minute video produced by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Seeing Past the False Promises of Tax Incentives Missouri and Kansas…

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June 28, 2019 by WVCBP
Be Careful Not to Confuse Volatility With Growth

Governor Justice once again drew attention to a strong quarter of personal income growth for the state, with West Virginia having the highest 2019 Quarter 1 personal income growth in the country. But, as was the case the last time the governor highlighted this particular statistic, there is more to the story than one quarter's…

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June 14, 2019 by WVCBP
The Effect of Poverty on Education

The West Virginia House of Delegates will go into a special session on Monday to take up an education omnibus bill passed by the Senate, a bill with many of the same provisions that the House defeated during the regular session. What has been missing from previous discussions of these policies is the connection between…

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June 7, 2019 by WVCBP
Does West Virginia Invest Enough in Education?

As West Virginia legislators reconvene soon to take up education reform, they should focus on ways to invest more in our schools and target more funding to schools in higher poverty districts instead of devising ways to redistribute public school money to private corporations. In 2017, West Virginia spent less per pupil on public education…

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May 24, 2019 by WVCBP
SNAP Ban Repeal Goes Into Effect

West Virginia Joins 48 Other States in Repealing SNAP Ban This week legislation went into effect in West Virginia that lifts the ban on SNAP (food stamps) benefits for those convicted of a drug felony. Now only two states have the ban. An estimated 15,000 West Virginians will now be eligible for this federal program…

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May 17, 2019 by WVCBP
Keeping Up With Education Reform

With a special session targeting education reform expected in the near future, controversial policies like charter schools and Education Savings Accounts (ESA) are likely to be part of the legislative agenda. A deeper dive into Scholarship Tax Credits, a possible substitute for ESAs, shows that they are likely to benefit wealthy people more than low-…

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May 10, 2019 by WVCBP
This Mother’s Day, Policies That Strengthen Women and Families

The Working Families Tax Relief Act would boost incomes for 131,000 moms and 276,000 children in West Virginia by expanding the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC). The benefits of lifting families out of poverty include healthier birth weights, lower maternal stress, better childhood nutrition, higher school enrollment, higher reading…

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May 3, 2019 by WVCBP
Expanding Health Care Coverage for West Virginia Moms

In March 2019, West Virginia lawmakers passed Senate Bill 564 to raise the Medicaid eligibility for pregnant women to 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) while guaranteeing coverage for 60-days postpartum. By aligning West Virginia with current state trends and closing a health insurance gap, this policy will provide coverage for hundreds of…

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April 19, 2019 by WVCBP
How Much Would It Cost to End Child Poverty in West Virginia?

West Virginia has the 4th-highest child poverty rate in the country. Children living in poverty face lower educational achievement, maltreatment and other obstacles that affect them for the rest of their lives. Reducing child poverty has a price tag less than recent tax cuts for corporations and would do more to benefit the families of…

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April 12, 2019 by WVCBP
Tell Us Your Story

The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy is partnering with the West Virginia Council of Churches on Strength in Stability, a digital project telling the stories of West Virginians who were empowered by the security they found by receiving benefits from programs like SNAP and Medicaid. We tell the success stories of those who…

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