Fact Sheets

September 2, 2021 by Rhonda Rogombe
Understanding the Enhanced Child Tax Credit

The enhanced child tax credit can benefit nearly every kid in West Virginia The enhanced child tax credit (CTC) is part of the federal government’s relief package (American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA) to help families during the pandemic. In 2021, this plan increases the amount of money that families with children can get refunded…

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May 18, 2021 by Kelly Allen
Best Practices for Local and State Prioritization of American Rescue Plan Act Funds

Overview Read the full Fast Facts sheet here. Under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), states, cities, counties, U.S. territories, and tribal nations will receive a total of $350 billion in Fiscal Recovery Funds to respond to the COVID-19 emergency and help bring back jobs. In West Virginia, the state government will receive $1.355 billion…

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February 1, 2021 by WVCBP
Fast Facts: Education Savings Accounts Divert Public Funds to Private Schools with Little Accountability and Poor Results

This piece was co-authored by WVCBP executive director, Kelly Allen, and WVCBP senior policy analyst, Sean O'Leary. State-funded vouchers use existing state funds intended for public schools and instead redirect them for use in non-public, private education programs. Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) are a form of these state-funded vouchers. The primary difference between ESAs and…

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July 31, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Medicaid Work Reporting Requirements Will Cause Significant Harm in West Virginia

Proposals to force people who do not report a set number of hours worked per month would cause thousands of West Virginians to lose their Medicaid health coverage. The vast majority would become uninsured. This would lead to poorer health outcomes, more financial insecurity for low-income people, and reduced revenues for hospitals while raising health…

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February 26, 2019 by Jessie Ice
SB 564: Expanding Medicaid for Pregnant Women Can Save Lives and Money

Comprehensive prenatal care is key to a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Unfortunately, while the Affordable Care Act allowed West Virginia to expand Medicaid to more pregnant women in the state, many expecting mothers still lack comprehensive health care coverage during pregnancy. West Virginia can ensure more moms and babies are healthy—while saving money for families…

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February 13, 2019 by Jessie Ice
Invest in West Virginia Families with a Refundable Earned Income Tax Credit

West Virginians who work should be able to support their families and afford their basic needs. Unfortunately, too many jobs in West Virginia pay too little for workers and their families to make ends meet. 23% of workers in West Virginia are employed in low-wage jobs and over a quarter of those live in poverty.…

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January 18, 2019 by Tara Holmes
What is the SNAP Drug Felon Ban?

In 1996, Congress passed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) which created a federal lifetime ban on benefits from SNAP for individuals convinced of drug-related felonies. State legislatures have the option to modify the terms of this ban or to opt out of the provision altogether. Download PDF.

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September 30, 2018 by Tara Holmes
Closing the Gender Pay Gap

In 2016, West Virginia women earned just 72 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. The median earnings of full-time male workers were $12,801 higher than the median earnings of full-time women workers - a 28 percent pay gap. West Virginia has the largest pay gap out of all the surrounding states and…

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December 14, 2016 by WVCBP
Budget Crisis Threatens West Virginia Communities

West Virginia is facing a budget crisis likely to top $600 million this year. 70% of West Virginians want to maintain public schools, public safety and aging roads and bridges even if it means raising their taxes.

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October 14, 2016 by Sean O'Leary
West Virginia Budget at a Glance

Throughout the next couple of months, WVCBP staff will talk to dozens of organizations across the state about West Virginia’s fiscal condition: specifically how the state can fix its upcoming budget gap, estimated to be at least $300 million next year. Where do our budget dollars go in West Virginia? Where have cuts hit the…

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