Budget Beat

March 20, 2020 by WVCBP
State Begins to Feel Impact of COVID-19

To our readers: This week's issue of Budget Beat focuses heavily on the subject consuming all of us right now. While we take our usual policy-driven approach to the Coronavirus in these articles, please know that we all are keeping you and your loved ones in our thoughts, and hope that you all stay safe and…

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March 13, 2020 by WVCBP
2020 Legislative Session Review

Good Health Policies that Made it Across the Finish Line I/DD Waiver Waitlist- SB 150, the FY 2021 budget bill, was finalized on the last day of the legislative session. The budget sets aside $19.8 million to clear the I/DD waiver waitlist to provide services to the 1,084 individuals currently on the waitlist. This victory…

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February 21, 2020 by WVCBP
Senate Tax Plan a Bad Deal for West Virginia

Senate Republicans unveiled their latest proposal to eliminate the business personal property tax this week, passing the proposal out of the Senate Finance Committee. The plan, which builds upon an earlier proposal to eliminate the property tax on manufacturing equipment, machinery, and inventory, would blow a nearly $100 million hole in the state budget, introduce…

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February 7, 2020 by WVCBP
Health Bills Moving Through Committees

Insulin Copay Caps HB 4543, a proposal to cap the costs of insulin for diabetic West Virginians on private insurance, passed through the House Banking and Insurance and the House Judiciary Committees this week and now goes to the full House! The caps are a positive step forward in addressing the rising costs of insulin…

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January 31, 2020 by WVCBP
Senate Introduces Bill to Expand Dental Coverage

The biggest news this week at the Capitol was the bipartisan introduction of Senate Bill 648 which would expand adult Medicaid coverage to include dental care. This policy would be a remarkable investment in West Virginia's people, both in the short and long term. Read more about why this is so important here. Thursday saw…

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January 24, 2020 by WVCBP
Positive Health Care Reforms On the Move at the Capitol

The second full week of the West Virginia Legislature saw several developments, some good, others not so much. The week started off with the Senate Judiciary Committee passing yet another Article V Constitutional Convention Resolution, SCR 4. Under the guise of instituting "Term Limits" on members of Congress, well-funded special interests seek to undermine our…

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January 17, 2020 by WVCBP
Who Pays? Rethinking West Virginia’s Tax System

To get a sense of a state's values, one often need look no further than its tax system. What a state spends its tax dollars on and how it acquires those tax dollars typically reveals a lot about the priorities of its people-what they care about and what they stand for. In theory, it's a…

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January 10, 2020 by WVCBP
Top Legislative Priority Would Take Resources from Schools and Counties

Legislative leadership appears poised to pass yet another round of corporate tax cuts that will hurt working families, our schools and colleges, and push more money out-of-state to large corporations. It doesn't have to be this way. Lawmakers could instead put their efforts toward investing in our communities, our health, our education, and the workers…

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December 20, 2019 by WVCBP
Early Bird Budget Breakfast Discount Expires 12/31!

The 2020 Budget Breakfast is right around the corner on January 15! The early bird discount expires on December 31. Register today to take advantage of the savings! Would you like to sponsor this year's event? Each sponsorship level comes with tickets. Learn more here. Our keynote speaker is Sian Mughan, assistant professor in the…

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December 13, 2019 by WVCBP
SNAP Rules To Reduce Food Benefits for Thousands of West Virginians

On December 4, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Trump Administration finalized their rule on SNAP time limit waivers. The rule restricts states' flexibility to waive SNAP's three-month time limit in areas with insufficient jobs and will take basic food assistance from 700,000 Americans including 10,100 West Virginians who struggle to find steady…

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