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May 3, 2021 by Seth DiStefano
Why Are Children and Frontline Workers a Part of Biden’s Infrastructure Bill?

WOWK - On Inside West Virginia Politics, Seth DiStefano from the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy office says he supports President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan, which affects the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit. Watch the full segment. “When it comes to West Virginia kids and West Virginia working families, there…

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May 3, 2021 by Seth DiStefano
How Would the Infrastructure Bill, Expanding Broadband Impact WV?

WOWK - This week on Inside West Virginia Politics, officials from West Virginia and beyond discuss President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill, how West Virginia is expanding broadband, and how a donation to a university in West Virginia will help undergrad students. Watch the full segment. In Segment 1, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R) Kentucky shares his…

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April 29, 2021 by WVCBP
State Coalition Will Launch Paid Leave Works for West Virginia in Response to the American Families Plan

Media Advisory: April 29, 2021Contact: Gretchen Frankenberry, 304-444-4695 Charleston, WV - On Monday, May 3 at 4:00pm, a broad coalition of stakeholders will launch Paid Leave Works for WV, a statewide advocacy campaign in support of comprehensive Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML). The virtual launch will include a panel of West Virginians directly impacted by the…

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April 28, 2021 by WVCBP
President Biden’s Recovery Package Represents the Transformative Policy West Virginia Needs

For Immediate Release: April 28, 2021Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – The President’s announcement of the American Families Plan today, along with his American Jobs Plan, puts us one step closer to seizing the historic opportunity to build a stronger recovery and a more equitable economy. We call on West Virginia’s congressional delegation to move swiftly to…

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April 28, 2021 by Kelly Allen
Kelly Allen: Long-term Solutions Needed After Pandemic Recedes (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail - The pandemic has shone a bright light on longstanding needs of families in West Virginia and across the country — needs that, when unaddressed, make families less financially secure, slow our economy and widen the gap between the richest in our country and everyone else. Read the full op-ed. The COVID-19 relief…

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April 23, 2021 by Sarah Hutson
Congress Should Prioritize Long-term Extensions of Critical Family Supports, Along with Additional Care Infrastructure

The health and economic impacts of COVID-19 have exacerbated longstanding economic inequities faced by West Virginians. Thankfully, the recent stimulus and rescue packages have shown us a way to rebuild from the pandemic by investing in families. In particular, the expansions of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in the…

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April 9, 2021 by WVCBP
Repealing the WV Income Tax Could Mean More People Coming to the State. It’ll Definitely Mean Changes for People Already Living Here.

Mountain State Spotlight, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Flipboard - Republican Gov. Jim Justice and some state lawmakers predict the elimination of the personal income tax would bring hundreds of thousands of new residents to the state. Read the full article. There’s no guarantee of that, but their decisions regarding the tax, and its effect on…

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April 2, 2021 by Kelly Allen
State Community Organizations Ask for Rejection of Any Current Tax Plans

West Virginia MetroNews - As the 2021 West Virginia regular legislative session heads into its final week, dozens of citizens stood outside the state Capitol in brisk weather Friday to protest how tax and budget proposals could affect people’s lives. Read the full article. State community organizations, including the West Virginia Center on Budget &…

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April 1, 2021 by WVCBP
Groups Push to Reject WV Bills Seen as Punitive

Public News Service - Advocates for impoverished people are urging West Virginia lawmakers to oppose two bills being heard in a House committee Thursday, that they claim punish low-income people and drug users. Read the full article. Senate Bill 387 would make permanent a pilot program that screens recipients of the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families,…

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