Reports & Briefs

April 8th, 2017 by
The New “Road to Prosperity” Explained

On October 7th, voters in West Virginia overwhelmingly approved a $1.6 billion general obligation bond to invest in the state’s road system. This is on top of the estimated $500 million in Turnpike Bonds and $500 million in federal GARVEE road bonds that were approved during the special legislative session earlier this year, along with about $130 million in increased State Road Fund revenues to…

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March 27th, 2017 by
State Budget Cuts Hit Higher Education Hard

For Immediate Release Contact: Caitlin Cook, 304.720.8662 (Charleston, WV) This West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy Issue Brief, State Budget Cuts Hit Higher Education Hard, released today, details the impact of multiple years of budget cuts to the state's public higher education institutions.  Read the PDF news release. Read the full brief. Falling public support for the…

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February 2nd, 2017 by
Report: West Virginia to Lose Jobs, Funding Under ACA Repeal

Previous data shows that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act will more than double the number of uninsured people in West Virginia. Read. A new report by the Economic Policy Institute looks at a repeal's impact on employment. It estimates how the combination of tax cuts and spending cuts will affect employment across the…

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December 17th, 2016 by
Protect West Virginia

Irresponsible budget cuts that slash basic funding for education, public safety, and roads put our state at risk and hurt our families. We are rolling out our Protect West Virginia campaign next month in hopes of holding lawmakers accountable and demanding real budget solutions to preserve our heritage, safeguard our communities, and secure the state's…

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December 12th, 2016 by
Why is West Virginia So Poor?

For Immediate Release Contact Sean O'Leary, 304-720-8682 (Charleston, WV) West Virginia continues to be one of the poorest states in the country, with consistently low income and high levels of poverty. A new report released today by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, "State of Working West Virginia 2016: Why is West Virginia So…

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December 12th, 2016 by
State of Working West Virginia 2016

A persistent question for those who pondered West Virginia’s fate is a simple: why, in a state rich in natural resources, are West Virginians so poor? For more than a century several explanations have been developed by natives and interested “outsiders.” Read the report.   This report, the ninth annual investigation of The State of Working…

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November 5th, 2016 by
Majority of WV Public College Grads Leave State for Work

Charleston Gazette-Mail - The majority of students who graduated from West Virginia's public colleges between 2003 and 2013 didn't go on to work in the state, a new report from West Virginia University finds. Read About two-thirds of the students who are from West Virginia wound up working in the state, and only about 10…

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September 29th, 2016 by
The Tax Foundation’s Business Tax Rankings Aren’t Useful

Yesterday, the Tax Foundation released its 2017 State Business Tax Climate Index (SBTCI) that purports to show that West Virginia now has the 18th-best state business tax climate in the country, ranking better than any of our surrounding states. Policymakers and others should exercise caution in drawing any positive conclusions from the report since the…

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