WVCBP in the News

January 16, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
Hunger Caucus: W.Va. has 270,000 People Struggling with Hunger Each Day

WV Press - West Virginia has 270,000 people struggling with hunger each day. Read article. That message was delivered to the Hunger Caucus, a bipartisan group from the West Virginia House of Delegates, that met this week at the West Virginia Legislature to address food insecurity issues. Chad Morrison of the Mountaineer Foodbank offered two uncomfortable…

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January 15, 2020 by WVCBP
Lawmakers Discuss West Virginia Budget at Annual “Budget Breakfast”

WOWK-TV - There was a lot to chew on during the annual “Budget Breakfast” sponsored by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. Governor Jim Justice’s proposed four-and-a-half billion dollar spending plan was the main course. That focused a lot of talk about repealing the state’s business equipment and inventory tax, which critics say slows…

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January 15, 2020 by WVCBP
Food Stamps Work Requirement Causes More Harm than Good

Times West Virginia - West Virginia was in national news earlier this week and, as is the usual case when our state draws the attention of the likes of the New York Times, it was not a positive story. Read article. The story headlined “What happened when a state made food stamps harder to get,” illuminated…

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January 13, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
What Happened When a State Made Food Stamps Harder to Get

New York Times - In the early mornings, Chastity and Paul Peyton walk from their small and barely heated apartment to Taco Bell to clean fryers and take orders for as many work hours as they can get. It rarely adds up to a full-time week’s worth, often not even close. With this income and whatever…

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January 10, 2020 by Ted Boettner
Ohio Valley Outlook: Expect A Slower Regional Economy In 2020

Ohio Valley Resource - The Ohio Valley’s economy could see slower growth in 2020 amid continued anxiety about trade, and possible downturns in both energy and manufacturing, according to analyses and forecasts by regional economists. Read article. Michael Hicks directs the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University in Indiana where he forecasts…

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January 10, 2020 by WVCBP
WV Dems to Focus on Small Businesses, Infrastructure in 2020

Associated Press - West Virginia Democrats on Thursday said their 2020 legislative platform will focus on education, infrastructure, small businesses and social services. Read article. Democrats in the GOP-led statehouse detailed their “West Virginians First” agenda at a press conference marking the second day of the state’s 60-day legislative session. “We would like at this time…

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January 9, 2020 by WVCBP
W.Va. Dems Highlight State’s Population Loss In State Of The State Address Rebuttal

WV Public Broadcasting - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice discussed state efforts to improve roads, his opposition to sanctuary cities and his administration’s work to combat addiction at his annual State of the State Address Wednesday evening. Read article. One thing Democrats said they didn’t hear? “West Virginia is hemorrhaging population,” Del. Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, said.

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January 8, 2020 by WVCBP
Nathan Brown: Optimism Abound for Upcoming Legislative Session

Logan Banner - As the new year begins, optimism seems to abound regarding the upcoming regular session for West Virginia’s 84th Legislature. The regular session begins Jan. 8, with the governor’s State of the State address at 7 p.m. that night at the State’s Capitol. With 2020 being an election year, it will be interesting to…

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January 7, 2020 by Kelly Allen
Supporters, Opponents Fill Room for PSC Hearing on Two Proposed Longview Power Plants

Morgantown Dominion-Post - More than 75 people jammed the Monongalia County Commission chamber Monday evening for a public comment hearing on the proposed new Longview Power plants – one gas-fired, one solar. Read article. The vast majority were members of the North Central West Virginia Building and Construction Trades Council who turned out in force…

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January 3, 2020 by WVCBP
GOP Leaders Preview Legislative Agendas Ahead of Session

WV News -  Business tax cuts, changing the bail system and creating a new court are some of the top priorities for West Virginia's Republican leaders in the upcoming legislative session, lawmakers said Friday. Read. Senate President Mitch Carmichael and House Speaker Roger Hanshaw gave reporters a broad preview of their 2020 agendas at an…

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