News Releases

October 5, 2020 by WVCBP
Kelly Allen Named Director of West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy

For Immediate Release: October 5, 2020 Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV- The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Kelly Allen will serve as the organization's new executive director. Allen will lead the nonprofit thinktank's team of seven talented staff members into their thirteenth year as the…

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September 21, 2020 by WVCBP
Health Care for All West Virginia Coalition Urges Senate to Prioritize Immediate Need for COVID Relief Over Rushing To Fill Supreme Court Vacancy

For Immediate Release: September 21, 2020 Contact: Kelly Allen, 304-612-4180 Charleston, WV- For several months, members of the Health Care for All WV coalition have urged our U.S. Senators and House Representatives to prioritize a robust COVID relief package that would address the immense suffering West Virginia families, businesses, and local governments are facing. Congress has failed…

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September 17, 2020 by WVCBP
Data Released Today Shows West Virginia Had 6th Highest Poverty Rate in the Country Even Before COVID Hardship, More Relief Needed

For Immediate Release: September 17, 2020 Contact: Sean O'Leary, 304-400-8899 Charleston, WV - New data released today from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey and an analysis of data from its ongoing Household Pulse Survey and other sources paints a bleak picture. People across West Virginia -- particularly West Virginians of color and those with low incomes -- continue to face…

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September 15, 2020 by WVCBP
With New Data Showing Health Coverage Progress in West Virginia Stalled Even Prior to COVID-19 Crisis, WVCBP’s New Policy Brief Details How State Can Cover All Children

For Immediate Release: September 15, 2020 Contact: Sean O'Leary, 304-400-8899 Charleston, WV - The number of West Virginians without health insurance stayed the same in 2019, further stalling the historic gains made under the Affordable Care Act even before the COVID-19 economic and health crisis caused job and health insurance loss for tens of thousands of West Virginians.  Today's…

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September 10, 2020 by Kelly Allen
Statement: Republicans’ “Skinny” COVID Relief Package Failed to Pass Senate. Urgent Need Remains for a Plan that is Proportionate to Magnitude of Crisis

For Immediate Release: September 10, 2020 Contact: Kelly Allen, 304-612-4180 Charleston, WV - Today a Republican-proposed COVID relief package failed to pass the U.S. Senate. While West Virginia's communities desperately need additional relief, the provisions included in this legislation were far too meager to meet the immediate and ongoing needs of West Virginia families, many of whom…

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August 20, 2020 by Kelly Allen
ReImagine Appalachia Coalition Praises DNC Platform, but Identifies Room for Improvement

While the coalition applauds the platform's bold vision for the future, it says the party must do more to prioritize Appalachia and other rural communities. For Immediate Release: August 20, 2020 Contact: Kelly Allen, 304-612-4180 Charleston, WV - ReImagine Appalachia is diverse coalition of organizations from West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Ohio that put forward a policy blueprint to rebuild Appalachian…

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August 17, 2020 by WVCBP
Advocates Say Urgent Action Needed to Stop COVID-19 Outbreak in Jails

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact: Lida Shepherd at or (304) 356-8428 Download PDF here. Charleston, WV – With a full blown outbreak of COVID-19 looming in the state’s regional jails, advocates reiterate the call to magistrates, circuit court judges, and prosecutors to use the full force of the new bail law to slow the spread of…

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July 28, 2020 by WVCBP
Statement: Republican Plan Fails to Meet Needs of West Virginia Families or Match Scope of Unprecedented Economic Challenges

For Immediate Release Contact: Kelly Allen or 304-612-4180 Charleston, WV – The Republican COVID-19 relief plan unveiled yesterday fails to meet the significant needs facing West Virginia families and doesn’t address unprecedented state and local fiscal crises, which means it will make the recession longer and more painful, Kelly Allen, interim executive director of…

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June 25, 2020 by Kelly Allen
ACA Repeal More Dangerous Than Ever for West Virginians During Pandemic and Economic Crisis

Trump Administration and Morrisey lawsuit would end health coverage for more than 162,000 West Virginians For Immediate Release: June 25, 2020 Contact: Kelly Allen, 304-612-4180 or Jessica Ice, 304-322-0074 Charleston, WV - Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting major recession, the Trump Administration and 18 state attorneys general, including West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, plan to file briefs…

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