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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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September 7, 2018 by WVCBP
It is Time to Close the Gender Pay Gap in WV

Charleston Gazette - My father, like any good father, always told me — his baby girl — that I could do anything I wanted. He’s right, and sadly also wrong. Despite earning a journalism degree, a philosophy degree, having a strong work ethic and desire to help people and do the best I possibly can in my…

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August 10, 2018 by Kelly Allen
Trump’s Short-Term Health Plans Not the Answer for WV

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Last Wednesday, the Trump administration issued new regulations that will expand the availability of “skimpy” short-term health plans. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services touted this move as an effort to give Americans more affordable health coverage options, but there is a reason that skimpy plans cost less — they don’t cover…

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June 22, 2018 by Ted Boettner
Ted Boettner: Nordic Countries Show How to Reduce Poverty

A recent report from the United Nations concluded that the extreme poverty and lack of basic human rights in the United States is not an accident, but “a political choice made by those in power.” In other words, through our political choices we are choosing to live in a society with a level of poverty…

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May 20, 2018 by Kelly Allen
Federal Policies Punish Most West Virginians

Huntington Herald Dispatch - Budgets and legislation are reflective of values, and this Congress and President Trump keep showing us where their priorities lie. Under the Trump Administration, hard-working West Virginians are repeatedly punished - via the tax bill, proposed cuts to food assistance and disability insurance, and efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Story…

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