Budget Beat

November 10, 2023 by WVCBP
West Virginia’s Revenue Gap Grows to $210.7 Million as Hundreds of Millions in Spending Obligations Loom

For the first four months of FY 2024, West Virginia’s General Revenue collections are down $210.7 million compared to the same period in FY 2023, despite the state exceeding the fairly modest revenue estimates set by the Governor Justice administration in an effort to maintain a ‘flat budget.’ The combination of self-inflicted tax cuts and a collapse…

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October 27, 2023 by WVCBP
Welcome to the Team, Krysta!

The WVCBP is excited to welcome Krysta Rexrode Wolfe to the team as our new operations and event coordinator! Before joining the WVCBP staff, Krysta served the state by leading faith communities in Morgantown and Charleston. Krysta brings a decade of administrative experience and a passion for advocacy to her work. She holds a B.A.…

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September 29, 2023 by WVCBP
The State of West Virginia’s Unemployed and Those Outside the Workforce

Each year the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy releases its annual State of Working West Virginia report, which examines West Virginia's economy through the lens of its workers—the people who power our state and our economy. While each year's report has a slightly different focus, one consistent theme is the need to ask this simple…

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September 15, 2023 by WVCBP
The High Costs of Cheap Food in West Virginia Prisons

Since 2015, West Virginia prisons have sent more than $57.1 million out of state to pay for food served in its prisons. Privatizing prison food has resulted in poorer food quality and worse health outcomes. A 2022 class-action lawsuit filed against the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DCR) alleged unconstitutional conditions of confinement, including the serving of…

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September 1, 2023 by WVCBP
The Costs of Police Overtime in Charleston

In March 2023, the Charleston City Council approved a $111.6 million budget for the 2024 fiscal year. Once again, the city dedicated one-fifth of its budget ($23.0 million) to uniformed Charleston Police officers for wages, benefits, pensions, insurance, and equipment. Of the $12.3 million budgeted for wages, $2.6 million was allocated for overtime pay. High…

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August 18, 2023 by WVCBP
Special Session Pay Raises Excluded Some of DCR’s Most Crucial Staff

One year after Governor Justice declared a state of emergency in West Virginia’s Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DCR), state government took action to address the agency’s high staff vacancies. This week, lawmakers passed a series of bills (SB 1003, SB 1004, SB 1005) that will provide pay raises for correctional officers (COs). Although non-CO…

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August 4, 2023 by WVCBP
July Tax Collections Continue a Concerning Downward Trend

July’s tax collections continued a concerning trend of declining revenues, even before the 2023 tax cuts have been fully implemented. July’s collections came in 12 percent, or $46 million, below last July’s revenues, barely exceeding fairly modest revenue estimates and creating significant doubt about the current and future availability of revenue to pay for a myriad of…

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June 30, 2023 by WVCBP
Manufactured Revenue Surplus Comes at Cost of Quality Public Services

Today is the last day of West Virginia's 2023 Fiscal Year. Undoubtedly in the coming days, Governor Justice will tout the so-called revenue "surplus" from this fiscal year, but it cannot be overlooked that a significant portion of that surplus was only made possible due to the Justice Administration intentionally low-balling revenue estimates, thus all…

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