News Releases

April 30, 2018 by WVCBP
Strengthening West Virginia’s Soda Tax Would Bring Much-Needed Revenue, Improve Health Outcomes for Residents

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Caitlin Cook, 304.543.4879 (Charleston, WV) – West Virginia can reduce obesity while making much-needed public investments by strengthening its soda tax. Implementing a tax of just one penny-per-ounce could raise almost $100 million and prevent more than 17,000 cases of obesity. This is according to a West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy report,…

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November 10, 2017 by WVCBP
Statement: GOP Senate Tax Plan is a Giveaway to Wealthy Families and Corporations

For Immediate Release Contact: Caitlin Cook, 304.543.4879  - Following the introduction of the Senate Republicans' new tax proposal, Ted Boettner of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy released this statement: "Like the House Republicans' tax proposal, the Senate GOP plan released yesterday would give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts to wealthy households and major…

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November 10, 2017 by WVCBP
SNAP Helps 13,000 Veterans in West Virginia

For Immediate Release Contact: Caitlin Cook, 304.543.4879  - A new report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reveals the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamps) helps almost 1.5 million low-income veterans, including 13,000 in West Virginia. "We honor our brave men and women in uniform by ensuring their basic needs are met when…

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November 6, 2017 by WVCBP
Under House Tax Plan Benefit For Richest 1 Percent in West Virginia Grows Over Time — All Other Groups’ Benefits Decline

For Immediate Release Contact: Caitlin Cook, 304.543.4879  - A 50-state analysis of the House tax plan  released last week reveals that in West Virginia the wealthiest 1 percent of West Virginians will receive the greatest share of the total tax cut in year one and their share would grow through 2027. Further, the value of the…

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November 3, 2017 by WVCBP
GOP Tax Plan Offers Nothing to Most West Virginians While Paving the Way for Cuts

For Immediate Release Contact: Caitlin Cook, 304.543.4879 (Charleston, WV) -- Following the release of the House Republicans' new tax proposal, Ted Boettner Executive Director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy released the following statement:  "The House GOP tax plan released yesterday is an expensive new giveaway to wealthy households and major corporations at the expense of low-and…

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October 24, 2017 by WVCBP
Eliminating State and Local Tax Deduction to Pay for Tax Cuts for Wealthy Is a Bad Tradeoff for West Virginians

For Immediate Release  Contact: Caitlin Cook, 304.543.4879 President Trump and congressional Republicans leaders' tax plan would eliminate the federal deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) and use the revenue to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations. This would be a bad tradeoff for low- and middle- income West Virginians, according…

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October 20, 2017 by WVCBP
Statement: Senate Passes Budget Plan to Advance Tax Cuts for the Very Wealthy at the Expense of Low- and Middle-Income West Virginians

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Caitlin Cook, 304.543.4879 The budget resolution that the Senate passed yesterday brings Congress one step closer to enacting $1.5 trillion in unpaid-for tax cuts largely for the wealthy and profitable corporations while making low- and middle-income Americans foot the bill. The budget sets up a fast-track, partisan process for passing the Republican tax…

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October 16, 2017 by WVCBP
New Report: Poverty in West Virginia Stagnate and New Threats Ahead

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Caitlin Cook, 304.543.4879 Sustained economic gains and strong federal and state programs have led to welcomed progress in the nationwide fight against poverty over the last several years.  This is good news.  But West Virginia is not sharing in the national progress, as poverty here remains stagnant.  And actions from…

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