Budget Beat

July 10, 2020 by WVCBP
How to Best Use West Virginia’s $1.25 Billion in CARES Act Funding

Last month, Governor Justice unveiled his plan for using the $1.25 billion in CARES Act funding that West Virginia received to help the state respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Treasury Department guidance forbids states from using the funds to offset revenue losses due to the pandemic, limiting what states can do with the funding. This is unfortunate, as West…

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June 19, 2020 by WVCBP
Juneteenth Rally and Lots of Community Events

This year marks the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, a holiday that celebrates the end of slavery when word of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached Galveston, Texas. This historic day perhaps takes on even more significance as our nation continues to protest the recent murders of Black people at the hands of police and vigilantes. For…

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June 12, 2020 by WVCBP
Women, Minorities, and Young Workers Most Affected by Recent Job Losses

According to WorkForce West Virginia, West Virginia lost 90,100 jobs in April, as the COVID-19 pandemic and the response to it rocked the state's economy. Since the end of March, 157,807 West Virginians have filed for unemployment insurance. This week, the Department of Labor released data on the characteristics of those who filed unemployment claims…

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June 6, 2020 by WVCBP
Resources of Support During These Troubling Times

In a previous email this week, the WVCBP staff and board released our statement to express our commitment our solidarity to those fighting for racial justice.  Our conclusion stated that we stand in solidarity with Black-led organizations across our state including Our Future WV, CARE, NAACP, Black Lives Matter WV, and the Partnership for African…

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May 29, 2020 by WVCBP
Women Bear Brunt of Job and Care Costs Amid COVID-19

While COVID-19 is having wide-ranging impacts on every corner of our society, no one is more impacted by this crisis than women, particularly women of color. Women dominate the industries most affected by the pandemic, including making up two-thirds of frontline workers in West Virginia and the majority of employees in industries who've seen job…

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May 22, 2020 by WVCBP
Welcome, Quenton and Bryan!

In some good news this week, we are excited to welcome two new staff members to our team!  Quenton King is our new Criminal Justice Policy Analyst. Before joining WVCBP, Quenton worked for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Environmental and Climate Justice Program as a field organizer and policy specialist. Most…

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May 15, 2020 by WVCBP
West Virginia’s Budget Shortfall Could Top $3.6 Billion Through FY 2022

The pressure on the state budget from the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic fallout continues to mount. In April, state revenue collections were $192 million below estimates, setting the stage for what could be a total $500 million shortfall by the end of the fiscal year. Moreover, recent economic projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) suggest that…

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May 8, 2020 by WVCBP
COVID-19 Reforms in West Virginia are Reducing Incarceration but More Action Needed

It has been well demonstrated that jails and prisons are incubators and amplifiers of diseases and infections because of the tight quarters of correctional facilities. This makes combatting the Coronavirus through "social distancing" and other measures nearly impossible. To that end, West Virginia has taken some measures to slow the spread of the Coronavirus within…

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