Tax and Budget

April 15, 2024 by WVCBP
Lawmakers Explore Financial Strains on West Virginia Human Services

West Virginia MetroNews - Lawmakers asked a range of questions about the state’s level of funding for human services, building their cases for financial decisions that could come to a head during special session as soon as next month. Read the full article. Gov. Jim Justice, a Republican, has said he’ll soon call a special session over…

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April 2, 2024 by Rhonda Rogombe
Medicaid Advocates in West Virginia Express Concerns

Wheeling Intelligencer, The Inter-Mountain, West Virginia News - Advocates for a strong and robust Medicaid system in West Virginia say the program is healthy, but changes and cuts being considered by the Legislature could put the program at risk of not meeting the needs of state residents. Read the full article. Advocacy organizations gathered in…

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April 1, 2024 by Sean O'Leary
State Revenue Down, But Still Ahead Of Estimates

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - West Virginia’s state revenue is down from last fiscal year by 12 percent — a difference of more than $500 million. Read the full article. In March 2024, the state collected about $487.4 million. That is nearly $95 million over revenue estimates, but 6 percent lower than what it collected…

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April 1, 2024 by Rhonda Rogombe
Affordable Healthcare Advocates Urge Lawmakers to Adjust State Budget Funding for Medicaid Recipients

West Virginia MetroNews, WCHS - Amid nearly one-third of West Virginians relying on Medicaid, the state-federal affordable healthcare insurance program could face over a $100 million dollar shortfall if lawmakers don’t act. Read the full article. State healthcare experts met on Monday morning in Charleston advocating for West Virginia legislators to vote to preserve and…

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April 1, 2024 by WVCBP
Advocates, Dems Urge Medicaid Funding

West Virginia Watch, News from the States, Bluefield Daily Telegraph - With a special legislative session to address the state budget on the horizon, advocates for West Virginia Medicaid called on state policy makers Monday to fund the health care program. Read the full article. Ellen Allen, executive director of West Virginians for Affordable Health…

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March 28, 2024 by Sean O'Leary, Rhonda Rogombe, Kelly Allen
Final 2025 Budget Makes Deep Cuts to Medicaid, Fails to Meet Important Needs

Late in the evening on the final day of the 2024 regular session, lawmakers passed what they referred to as a “skinny budget” totaling $4.997 billion in general revenue for FY 2025. The enacted budget reflects a spending increase of $122 million over FY 2024’s budget, but it is $226 million less than what the…

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March 8, 2024 by Kelly Allen
Potential $465M Federal Clawback Raises Concerns About West Virginia Schools

Associated Press, Cumberland Times-News - West Virginia Republican Gov. Jim Justice’s administration has been characterized by flat budgets and record surpluses that helped cut the state’s income tax last year. Read the full article. Now, the state could face collateral damage: a possible $465 million clawback of pandemic aid by the U.S. Department of Education. It has…

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March 5, 2024 by Sean O'Leary
February’s Weak Revenue Numbers Warning of Things to Come

Now that West Virginia families and businesses are filing their 2023 taxes, the state is beginning to see the full impact of tax changes enacted last year. February's revenue collections were historically weak, coming in 30 percent, or $124 million, below last February's collections. February's revenue numbers are the worst in at least a decade…

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