Income and Work

July 12, 2023 by Seth DiStefano
SNAP: Do The Hungry Get More Policy Than Nutrition?

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - More than 12 percent of Americans, or 42 million people, need help getting enough food to eat. Listen to the full Us & Them podcast episode. In West Virginia, that number is about 18 percent. That help comes from a federal program called SNAP — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,…

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April 25, 2023 by Sean O'Leary
West Virginia’s Job Mismatch

The latest State Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed West Virginia had the highest job openings rate in the country, at 9.2 percent and with 71,000 job openings. While there has been much discussion about legislation to cut unemployment benefits in an attempt to "get people back…

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January 26, 2023 by Kelly Allen
Outside the Echo Chamber: Jan. 26, 2023

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Benefits for unemployed people in West Virginia could soon be changing. On this Outside the Echo Chamber, we talk with two Senators about a bill that was just passed, and get opinions from the WV Center on Budget and Policy, and from a lobbyist who advocated for the bill. Listen to the…

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January 20, 2023 by Kelly Allen
W.Va. Senate Seeks Change to Unemployment Benefits

WSAZ - Twenty-Six weeks of unemployment could soon be a thing of the past in West Virginia. Read the full article. The state Senate is advancing a proposal to adjust the number of weeks based on the state’s unemployment rate -- up to 20 weeks if unemployment hits or exceeds 9% and just 12 weeks…

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December 14, 2022 by WVCBP
New Report Examines Decade of Failed Policies to Promote Economic Growth, Provides Path Forward

For Immediate Release: December 14, 2022 Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – Prior to the pandemic, West Virginia experienced a lost decade, with essentially no economic growth from 2009 to 2019. This happened despite years of so-called business friendly policies like tax cuts, right to work, repeal of the prevailing wage, and reductions in state spending that were…

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December 14, 2022 by Sean O'Leary
State of Working West Virginia 2022: A Lost Decade and a Path Forward

Introduction Heading into the COVID-19 pandemic, West Virginia was already facing an economic crisis. The natural gas boom had fizzled, and in the months leading up to the pandemic, the Mountain State was steadily losing jobs and experiencing weak income and GDP growth. In 2019, West Virginia’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, the fourth highest…

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November 1, 2022 by Kelly Allen
‘I feel hopeless’: Thousands of West Virginia Essential Workers Will Lose Child Care Subsidies as Federal Pandemic Relief Runs Out

Mountain State Spotlight, West Virginia Daily News, Beckley Register-Herald - Holland Cole grabs a tiny fist full of pink Play-Doh and kneads it. Next to her sits a box full of art supplies for sculpting trees, hearts, butterflies or anything a preschooler could desire. Her friend, 3-year-old Ayda James, molds purple and blue ponies, while…

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August 17, 2022 by Kelly Allen
Amendment 2 and Tax Cut Efforts Would Exacerbate State Staffing Crises

The real-life consequences of repeatedly enacting flat state budgets are becoming clear across West Virginia in the form of state agency staffing shortages. Just this month, West Virginia Education Association (WVEA) officials warned of record teacher vacancies in the state’s public schools, and Governor Justice declared a state of emergency in the state’s correctional facilities…

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June 3, 2022 by Kelly Allen
Kelly Allen: Kids Shouldn’t Take Backseat to Special Interests (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Right now, Congress has before it two major tax policy changes: One would give a tax break to wealthy tech and other corporations, while the other would help hundreds of thousands of West Virginia families and parents of kids across the country make ends meet during a time of rising prices. Read…

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