Reports & Briefs

November 20th, 2018 by
State Tax Policy Can Advance Racial Equity

Earlier this month, a report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy showed how the federal tax cut bill signed last year by President Trump exacerbated the growing racial wealth gap in the country. By gearing the bulk of its tax cuts to the very wealthy, who are overwhelmingly white, the Tax Cuts and…

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October 23rd, 2018 by
Rural West Virginia’s Economy, Health and Growth Lags Behind the Rest of State

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Caitlin Cook (304) 543-4879 (Charleston, WV) - West Virginia's population is increasingly living in urban areas, with those urban areas experiencing all the state's job growth in the past quarter century, leaving rural West Virginia behind in many key areas, according to a report released today from the West Virginia Center on Budget and…

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October 23rd, 2018 by
State of Rural West Virginia

West Virginia's population is increasingly living in urban areas, with those urban areas experiencing all the state's job growth in the past quarter century, leaving rural West Virginia behind in many key areas, according to a new West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy report. The report, State of Rural West Virginia, shows rural West Virginians primarily…

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September 30th, 2018 by
Closing the Gender Pay Gap

In 2016, West Virginia women earned just 72 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. The median earnings of full-time male workers were $12,801 higher than the median earnings of full-time women workers - a 28 percent pay gap. West Virginia has the largest pay gap out of all the surrounding states and…

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February 12th, 2018 by
Booms and Bust: Natural Gas Update

On the eve of the Marcellus Shale boom, we at the West Virginia Center on Budget Policy released a report on the economic boom and bust cycles of West Virginia’s natural resource extraction economy. AS the report showed, counties in West Virginia with high concentrations of mining employment were particularly affected by the boom and…

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November 3rd, 2017 by
What is West Virginia’s Economic Outlook?

The Bureau of Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University released their annual Economic Outlook Report for the state earlier this month. According to the report’s forecast, West Virginia is expected to experience modest job growth, with employment forecasted to grow at an average rate of 0.7 percent per year for the next five years.  That’s…

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October 30th, 2017 by
New Report Shows States with Highest Income Tax Rates Economically Outperform States with No Income Tax

For Immediate Release Contact, Jenice R. Robinson, 202.299.1066 x 29 - Caitlin Cook, 304.543.4879 A comparative analysis of economic trends in the nine states that do not levy an income tax and the nine states that levy the highest top income tax rates found that the latter group performed significantly better on more than half a dozen…

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