News Releases

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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April 14, 2020 by WVCBP
West Virginia Will Need Significantly More Fiscal Support to Address the Severe Health and Economic Harms of COVID-19

For Immediate Release April 14, 2020 Contact: Kelly Allen,, 304-612-4180 Center on Budget and Policy Priorities media; 202.408.1080 States are nearing shortfalls that could be the largest on record - totaling over $500 billion in just over a fiscal year [Charleston, WV] - While federal policymakers have provided a substantial amount of fiscal…

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January 13, 2020 by WVCBP
Media Advisory: Overview of 2021 State Budget, Tax Proposals, and Corporate Tax Cuts to Highlight 7th Annual Budget Breakfast

Contact: Linda Frame, 304-720-8682 or 304-419-1454 What: 7th annual Budget Breakfast Where/When: Charleston Marriott Town Center. Wednesday, January 15. Breakfast starts at 7:30 AM. Program runs 7:50 - 9:00 AM. Who: WVCBP Executive Director Ted Boettner will provide overview of governor's proposed budget for FY 2021. Keynote: Sian Mughan, assistant professor in the School of…

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October 3, 2019 by Kelly Allen
WV Statewide Census Coalition Launches Awareness Campaign on Monday

For Immediate Release CountMeInWV Coalition: Jennifer Wells, 304.617.9591 WV Statewide Census Coalition Launches Awareness Campaign on Monday Charleston, WV - The 2020 United States Census is just around the corner, and a statewide coalition of community-based, professional, service and advocacy organizations is launching a grassroots campaign to ensure that every West Virginia is counted. The…

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September 26, 2019 by WVCBP
New Census Data: Poverty Rate Declines, Incomes Stay Flat in 2018

For Immediate Release Contact Sean O'Leary - (304) 400-8899 Charleston, WV - While West Virginia's poverty rate declined in 2018 it remains among the highest in the nation, according to Census data released today. An estimated 312,118 West Virginians lived in poverty in 2018, for a total poverty rate of 17.8 percent. While poverty had…

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September 10, 2019 by WVCBP
Today’s Census Numbers Show Number of West Virginians Without Health Care Unchanged

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Sean O'Leary, 304-400-8899 (Charleston, WV) After an increase in the number of West Virginians without health insurance in 2017, the number was unchanged in 2018, further stalling the historic gains made under the Affordable Care Act, according to Census data released today. Today's data release shows that 114,000 West Virginians…

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August 28, 2019 by WVCBP
Solutions for West Virginia’s Wage Theft Epidemic

For Immediate Release Contact: Kelly Allen, 304-612-4180 Charleston, WV - Wage theft is one of the most prevalent but under-reported problems confronting low-wage workers. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the estimated value of wages stolen through violations of federal and state minimum wage laws was $15 billion in 2015, easily eclipsing the $12.7 billion…

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