WVCBP in the News

March 26, 2020 by Kelly Allen
Report: WV Population ‘Most at Risk in U.S.’ for Coronavirus

West Virginia Public News Service - With Gov. Jim Justice issuing a stay-at-home order this week to battle COVID-19, a new report warns West Virginia has one of the nation's most vulnerable populations for contracting the deadly virus. Read article. The Kaiser Family Foundation study says the Mountain State's rapidly aging population makes it much…

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February 25, 2020 by Sean O'Leary
Lawmakers Pass Bills To Lure Petrochemical Industry To W.Va.

WV Public Broadcasting - The West Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday passed two bills that would provide tax cuts to the natural gas industry in an effort to boost petrochemical and plastics manufacturing. Read/listen. House Bill 4421 the “Natural Gas Liquids Economic Development Act” would provide tax credits to companies that transport or store…

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February 25, 2020 by Kelly Allen
High Stakes for Appalachia in the 2020 Census

The Appalachian Voice - Money and power. Read article. Those are the stakes for residents of Appalachia as the U.S. Census Bureau conducts the 2020 decennial census — which will help determine how roughly $1 trillion in federal funding is distributed over the next 10 years as well as which states lose congressional representatives and…

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February 23, 2020 by WVCBP
Prominent Charter School Opponent Ravitch Inspired by WV Public School Workers

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Education professor and historian Diane Ravitch, a prominent critic of charter schools and giving public money to private schools, said she hadn’t planned to write another education book. Read article. “I realized I had gotten old, I was tired of traveling,” Ravitch, 81, told public school workers and others at the University…

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February 22, 2020 by WVCBP
Brunello, Anderson: WV Can Improve Getting Food to Hungry Kids

Charleston Gazette-Mail - “Every child needs nutritious meals in order to achieve their potential.” Read op-ed. This was the simply stated need behind Senate Bill 663, the Feed to Achieve Act, which the West Virginia Legislature passed in 2013. The bill focused on ensuring that all students have access to meals during and outside the…

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February 20, 2020 by Ted Boettner
W.Va. Gov Says Economy is Rosy, but Doubters Not Buying That

Associated Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune - For years, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has told people they need only look at the lines at Dairy Queen to see how much the state’s economy has improved since he took office. Read article. But for Grace Waterman, snacking on vanilla soft serve in her truck outside the…

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February 19, 2020 by Ted Boettner
Debate Goes Back and Forth on Resolution Calling for Convention of States

WV Metro News - In a public hearing on the House chamber floor, numerous West Virginia citizens voiced support and concern for a resolution sitting in the House urging Congress to call a convention to propose a Constitutional amendment on congressional term limits. Read article. The state Senate passed the resolution, S.C.R. 4, 20 to…

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February 14, 2020 by Ted Boettner
Amid Climate Debate and Coal’s Decline, West Virginia Considers its Future

Ohio Valley Resource, WOUB, WVIK - On a recent soggy Wednesday evening, dozens of West Virginians packed a conference room inside the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center to discuss the need for a “just transition” for coal-impacted communities. Read/listen. As the nation grapples with climate change, the need for a fair transition for workers and…

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February 13, 2020 by WVCBP
Legislature Passes Bill Prohibiting State from Identifying Some Nonprofit Donors

Charleston Gazette-Mail - The West Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday approved a bill that would prevent state government from releasing information about who makes donations to certain nonprofit organizations in the state. Read article. The House approved Senate Bill 16, also called the “Protect Our Right to Unite Act,” in a 75-22 vote. Three…

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