Income and Work

November 9th, 2018 by
Rural West Virginia Left Behind in Key Areas

Charleston Gazette-Mail - The United States has enjoyed over eight years of one the longest economic recoveries on record, but a closer look shows two very different economies in West Virginia. Story link. While the state’s urban areas have been characterized by moderate growth, more educated workers and higher incomes, the state’s rural areas have seen…

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November 9th, 2018 by
Making Medicaid Work in the Mountain State

West Virginia University professor Simon F. Haeder provides an assessment of the impact work requirements would have on Medicaid beneficiaries in West Virginia in this new report. More than 200,000 West Virginians would be affected if West Virginia implemented work requirements similar to Kentucky's. Of the 200,000 West Virginians impacted, 70,000 would be be exempt; 36,000…

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November 9th, 2018 by
Support Veterans by Protecting Food Assistance

On Monday, we will celebrate the service and sacrifice of American Veterans. Here at the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, we think no one in America should go hungry, especially not our veterans once they return home to West Virginia. So we're calling on Congress to support and pass a farm bill that…

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November 6th, 2018 by
Marketplace Open for Health Coverage Enrollment

The annual open enrollment period for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, began on November 1stand continues through December 15th. This is a great time for folks who don’t get insurance through a job, Medicare or Medicaid to shop for health coverage at www.healthcare.gov. The Affordable Care Act and the…

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November 1st, 2018 by
It’s Time to Close the Gender Pay Gap in West Virginia

West Virginia women face one of the largest gender pay gaps in the nation and highest among surrounding states, according to a West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy report released this week. Climbing the Mountain: Closing the Gender Pay Gap in West Virginia shows in 2017, women working full-time, year round in West Virginia were paid…

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October 31st, 2018 by
Much Work Remains to Close West Virginia’s Gender Pay Gap

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Caitlin Cook (304) 543-4879 (Charleston, WV) - West Virginia has one of the largest gender pay gaps in the nation and the highest of all surrounding states, according to a new West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy report released today. The report, Climbing the Mountain: Closing the Gender Pay Gap in West Virginia, shows in 2017,…

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October 25th, 2018 by
30% of West Virginia Working Families Can’t Make Ends Meet

A new report by the Institute for Women's Policy Research finds that 30 percent of working families (age 19-64) in West Virginia are economically insecure, which means they don't make enough money to meet basic monthly expenses (food, transportation, housing, utilities, etc.) and reach modest financial goals. The economic insecurity measures takes into account working adults that…

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October 23rd, 2018 by
Rural West Virginia’s Economy, Health and Growth Lags Behind the Rest of State

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Caitlin Cook (304) 543-4879 (Charleston, WV) - West Virginia's population is increasingly living in urban areas, with those urban areas experiencing all the state's job growth in the past quarter century, leaving rural West Virginia behind in many key areas, according to a report released today from the West Virginia Center on Budget and…

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October 23rd, 2018 by
State of Rural West Virginia

West Virginia's population is increasingly living in urban areas, with those urban areas experiencing all the state's job growth in the past quarter century, leaving rural West Virginia behind in many key areas, according to a new West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy report. The report, State of Rural West Virginia, shows rural West Virginians primarily…

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