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March 30, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Wells, Boettner: The Census is Coming: Make it Count

Charleston Gazette - Imagine if filling out one form could determine where schools, roads and hospitals are built, how many federal dollars are sent to your community, and your amount of political representation. That form exists — it’s the census, and the opportunity to be counted only comes around every 10 years. Read online. In fiscal…

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March 2, 2019 by Sean O'Leary
Sean O’Leary: Severance Tax Cuts Will Hurt Budget, Unlikely to Help Miners

Charleston Gazette - On Wednesday, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed two bills intended to boost coal production and put coal miners back to work. Unfortunately, delegates chose to do so in a very ineffective and expensive way, through cuts and rebates to the severance tax. Read op-ed. With little debate, the House passed…

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February 23, 2019 by Seth DiStefano
Seth DiStefano: WV Should Cut Taxes for Struggling Workers, not Millionaires

In his State of the State address, Gov. Jim Justice proposed cutting taxes for West Virginians by repealing a state tax on Social Security income. While the governor’s proposal is being touted as a “middle class” tax cut, it mostly benefits wealthy retirees while doing little for those who struggle to make ends meet. A…

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February 8, 2019 by Ted Boettner
High Cost of Low Corporate Taxes

Beckley Register-Herald - While education reform is the big topic at the legislature this year, the governor and GOP leadership are moving forward with more big tax cuts that will mostly benefit wealthy out-of-state corporations. This would make it harder for the state to invest in the important public services that provide a foundation for our…

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January 9, 2019 by Kelly Allen
SNAP Safe for Now, but Regulations Threaten

Beckley Register-Herald - Last month, in a major victory for West Virginians, Congress passed a farm bill that protects the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps thousands in our state, and millions across the country, put food on their tables. Read article. The final, overwhelmingly bipartisan bill rejected harmful cuts and changes to SNAP…

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December 1, 2018 by Ted Boettner
Rockwool Highlights Need for Scrutiny of Tax Subsidies

Charleston Gazette-Mail - The story of the proposed Rockwool manufacturing plant in Ranson, West Virginia, has not only ignited community concerns over toxic air pollution and sustainable development, but has also brought to light the large business tax subsidies given to corporations with little transparency, accountability or evaluation. Story link. After Rockwool already chose to…

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November 9, 2018 by Sean O'Leary
Rural West Virginia Left Behind in Key Areas

Charleston Gazette-Mail - The United States has enjoyed over eight years of one the longest economic recoveries on record, but a closer look shows two very different economies in West Virginia. Story link. While the state’s urban areas have been characterized by moderate growth, more educated workers and higher incomes, the state’s rural areas have seen…

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October 19, 2018 by WVCBP
Free Summit Will Bring People Together for ‘Food For All’

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Food for all. It’s a simple concept most of us among West Virginia’s hills agree with. No one should go hungry. That’s why the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy, the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition and other partners are holding a one-day food summit — “Food For All” — to gather those…

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October 9, 2018 by Sean O'Leary
Tax Credit Rewards Work, Boosts Local Economy

Beckley Register-Herald - Low wages and low-labor force participation are two of the biggest economic challenges facing West Virginia. Not enough West Virginians are working, and too many of those working are paid low wages and have trouble staying above water. Story link. Those who do find work not only face low wages, but also deal with an…

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October 5, 2018 by Linda Frame
Judge Kavanaugh Doesn’t Have West Virginia Consumers’ Backs

Beckley Register-Herald - As the renewed investigation into Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s background proceeds this week, it’s important to note there are a variety of reasons why his nomination to the US Supreme Court would harm West Virginians. One is that he would be a gift to Wall Street and an attack on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) which protects West Virginians from predatory lenders and helps…

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