OpEds

September 10, 2021 by Kelly Allen
Kelly Allen: Debate of Bill Should Focus on Merit, Not Figures (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Right now, Congress is considering a budget package that serves as an important companion to the negotiated bipartisan infrastructure package. Read the full op-ed. Alongside much-needed investments in roads and bridges, it would address longstanding needs of workers and families in our state and around the country — things like paid family…

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July 16, 2021 by Kelly Allen
Kelly Allen: Infrastructure Alone Will Not Move WV Forward (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail, Daily Advent - Since the coronavirus pandemic began, we at the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy have been soliciting stories from people all across the state to hear how various issues — unemployment insurance changes, challenges accessing child care, food insecurity, lack of paid leave and more — have affected their…

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June 29, 2021 by Rhonda Rogombe
Rhonda Rogombe: LGBTQ Data Collection Should Be Prioritized (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Every June, the United States and the world uplift and celebrate the LGBTQ community — their history, their achievements, their identities and more — through Pride Month. Read the full op-ed. But at its core, Pride Month is about advocacy. It is about queer folks fighting for sociopolitical autonomy, acceptance and freedom.…

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June 22, 2021 by Quenton King
Quenton King: Expungement would help WV job market

Charleston Gazette-Mail - This past weekend marked the end of West Virginia’s participation in federally enhanced unemployment programs, enacted to address joblessness in the wake of the pandemic, and, now, thousands of struggling West Virginians are losing crucial supports regardless of whether good-paying jobs are available to them. Read the full article. This short-sighted decision…

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June 3, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
Sean O’Leary: Justice’s Decision on Benefits Hurts WV Workers (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Over the past year, the pandemic and our nation’s response have highlighted some of the flaws in our antiquated federal-state unemployment insurance system. Read the full op-ed. The CARES Act addressed some of these well-recognized problems, particularly through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, which provides unemployment benefits to people who do…

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May 28, 2021 by Kelly Allen
Kelly Allen: WV Delegation Should Support Tax on Wealthy (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail - West Virginia’s bridges, dams, drinking water, roads and wastewater have received a D grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers, and 24% of the state’s residents live in a broadband desert. Furthermore, 54% live in a child care desert and 19% of children in the state live in poverty. Read the…

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April 28, 2021 by Kelly Allen
Kelly Allen: Long-term Solutions Needed After Pandemic Recedes (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail - The pandemic has shone a bright light on longstanding needs of families in West Virginia and across the country — needs that, when unaddressed, make families less financially secure, slow our economy and widen the gap between the richest in our country and everyone else. Read the full op-ed. The COVID-19 relief…

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March 30, 2021 by Renee Alves
Kelly Allen, Jim McKay: A Recovery that Works for All (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail - The past year has been a difficult one for our state’s families, businesses and communities. West Virginians are resilient and hard-working, but we still need to work together to emerge from the pandemic. Read the full op-ed. That’s where government can be most helpful: meeting and solving big challenges together that no…

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February 6, 2021 by Kelly Allen
W.Va. Puts More Women Behind Bars Even as Population Drops

Martinsburg Journal - Over the last 40 years female incarceration in West Virginia has exploded, growing by a staggering 2,731 percent from 1978 to 2019. Over the same period, the state’s population has declined by nearly seven percent. What could explain such exponential growth in female incarceration as our overall population has declined? Read the…

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December 11, 2020 by Kelly Allen
Kelly Allen: Tax Plan Would Hurt Those Still Reeling from Pandemic (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Since the pandemic began, America’s billionaires have grown their wealth by a staggering $1 trillion. At the same time, families in West Virginia and across the country are facing increasing hardship and difficulty meeting their basic needs as the health and economic effects of COVID-19 drag on. Read the full article. In…

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