News Releases

July 21, 2021 by WVCBP
New Report Highlights the Health and Economic Importance of Medicaid for WV, Provides Recommendations to Address Program’s Looming Fiscal Challenges

For Immediate Release: July 21, 2021Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – Medicaid is a federal and state health insurance program that helps low-income individuals and people with disabilities access affordable health care. Serving over 73 million people nationwide, the program provides a range of essential services that may otherwise be inaccessible to these individuals. Medicaid has been one…

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June 21, 2021 by WVCBP
346,000 West Virginia Children Eligible to Receive First Monthly Child Tax Credit Payment Next Month

For Immediate Release: June 21, 2021Contact: Kelly Allen or 304-612-4180 Charleston, WV - The White House declared today “Child Tax Credit Awareness Day” to raise knowledge and awareness about the transformative improvements to the Child Tax Credit (CTC) approved as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The CTC provides much-needed relief to families, boosting opportunity and improving…

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May 13, 2021 by WVCBP
New Report Explores Reentry, Obstacles to Reintegration, and Community Support for Returning Citizens in West Virginia

For Immediate Release: May 13, 2021Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – Across the United States, citizens returning from prisons and jails face numerous obstacles as they reintegrate into their communities, including finding steady employment and stable housing, obtaining reliable transportation, and navigating the requirements of community supervision. The challenge in overcoming these obstacles is heightened in West…

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April 29, 2021 by WVCBP
State Coalition Will Launch Paid Leave Works for West Virginia in Response to the American Families Plan

Media Advisory: April 29, 2021Contact: Gretchen Frankenberry, 304-444-4695 Charleston, WV - On Monday, May 3 at 4:00pm, a broad coalition of stakeholders will launch Paid Leave Works for WV, a statewide advocacy campaign in support of comprehensive Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML). The virtual launch will include a panel of West Virginians directly impacted by the…

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April 28, 2021 by WVCBP
President Biden’s Recovery Package Represents the Transformative Policy West Virginia Needs

For Immediate Release: April 28, 2021Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – The President’s announcement of the American Families Plan today, along with his American Jobs Plan, puts us one step closer to seizing the historic opportunity to build a stronger recovery and a more equitable economy. We call on West Virginia’s congressional delegation to move swiftly to…

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March 31, 2021 by WVCBP
ReImagine Appalachia Applauds the Pittsburgh Announcement of President Biden’s American Jobs Plan

For Immediate Release: March 31, 2021Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Pittsburgh, PA – Today, March 31, President Biden came to Pittsburgh, PA, to deliver an address laying out his American Jobs Plan, a large-scale federal investment in American workers and infrastructure. ReImagine Appalachia, a broad coalition of organizations dedicated to bringing about a 21st century economy that works for all…

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March 18, 2021 by WVCBP
New Report Reveals Enormous Costs of Addiction Crisis in WV and Kanawha County, Explores Harm Reduction as Mitigation Tool

For Immediate Release: March 18, 2021Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – For at least the last decade, West Virginia has been at the forefront of the overdose epidemic in the United States. Since 2010, its death rate per 100,000 by overdose of any type of drug has led the nation. Our new report released today both shows…

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March 15, 2021 by WVCBP
WV’s Future Budget Picture Troubling, Justice’s Tax Plan Further Threatens State’s Financial Stability

For Immediate Release: March 15, 2021Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV - Last month, Governor Jim Justice proposed what he described as a “flat” budget for FY 2022, with only minor changes from the FY 2021 budget. While the state budget remained stable during the COVID-19 pandemic, that stability relied on tapping reserves, federal stimulus funding, and other temporary…

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March 10, 2021 by WVCBP
The American Rescue Plan Is The Relief West Virginians Need

For Immediate Release: March 10, 2021Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV - The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy applauds the passage of the American Rescue Plan. This legislation is the kind of action the country needs at this moment, when unemployed workers are still struggling to pay their bills, millions of families are…

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February 27, 2021 by WVCBP
House COVID Relief Bill Is the Response West Virginians Need

For Immediate Release: February 27, 2021Contact: Jessie Ice, 304-322-0074 or Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV - Last night’s passage in the U.S. House of Representatives of a comprehensive COVID relief bill is an important step forward. This legislation is the kind of action we need in this moment, when the economy is still weak and…

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