Budget Beat

September 6, 2019 by WVCBP
Setting Record Straight on West Virginia’s Job Growth Numbers

While West Virginia's economy is improving and some industries are growing, most of the growth it tied to temporary natural gas pipeline construction. In order to get a clear picture of West Virginia's jobs picture, it is imperative to use the employment data correctly and not to inflate numbers or link them to policies that…

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August 30, 2019 by WVCBP
Wage Theft Costs West Virginia Workers Millions Annually

Wage theft is one of the most prevalent but under-reported problems confronting low-wage workers. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the estimated value of wages stolen through violations of federal and state minimum wage laws was $15 billion in 2015, easily eclipsing the $12.7 billion stolen through all reported robberies, burglaries, larcenies, and car thefts…

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August 23, 2019 by WVCBP
Diapering the Devil – It’s Time to Raise the Natural Gas Severance Tax

West Virginians have something to learn from Alaskans. Several years ago, Jay Hammond, the Republican governor of Alaska from 1974-1982, wrote a memoir called "Diapering the Devil," about how Alaska turned its rich oil assets into an everlasting source of wealth by creating the Alaska Permanent Fund. During the 1970s, when Hammond was asked how…

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August 16, 2019 by WVCBP
Public Charge Rule Would Harm WV Families

On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Trump Administration finalized their public charge rule, which will allow immigration officials to deny green cards and citizenship to immigrants or would-be immigrants who are determined likely to receive even modest assistance from programs like SNAP and Medicaid at any point over their lifetimes. This…

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August 9, 2019 by WVCBP
Governor Forms Census Committee

This week, Governor Justice announced that he will form a Census Committee to help ensure that the state gets an accurate number during next year's count. The WVCBP and our coalition partners have publicly urged the governor to take this step and we applaud this move. Our message included the following statement from Kelly Allen,…

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August 2, 2019 by WVCBP
SPI Recap/Multiple Ways to Lend Your Voice

Last week, the WV Center on Budget and Policy held our fourth annual Summer Policy Institute, which gathered over 40 students from around the state to strengthen their policy knowledge and network with policy professionals. This year's SPI was held at West Virginia State University in Institute, West Virginia, with a theme of criminal justice…

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July 26, 2019 by WVCBP
Tune Into this Weekend’s Summer Policy Institute!

At our 4th annual Summer Policy Institute this weekend at West Virginia State University, students will focus on criminal justice reform and developing policy recommendations to reduce incarceration rates and develop alternatives to incarceration. Check out these two events live on Facebook on Saturday, July 27: 9:00 - 10:15AM Panel: We Can Get There From…

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July 19, 2019 by WVCBP
Getting West Virginia’s Full Count in the 2020 Census

Help West Virginia Get an Accurate Census Count The 2020 Census is just around the corner with a goal of counting every West Virginia resident. The Census determines how much political representation we get at the state and federal levels and how much federal investment comes to West Virginia for programs that fund highways, school…

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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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