WVCBP in the News

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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February 3, 2020 by WVCBP
Logan Thorne: Fighting for Fair Transition from Coal (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Fifty-two years removed from this historic tragedy, the writing is on the wall for the industry that — with all of its problems — once nourished my community. Coal is declining, and rapidly. Market forces and regulation, partially driven by the accelerating climate crisis, are moving the world toward cleaner energy sources…

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January 30, 2020 by Ted Boettner
Senators Kick Off Debate Over Possible Property Tax Cuts

WV Metro News - Senators took a first look at a resolution that could later allow them to cut taxes on motor vehicles and other personal property. Read article. The Senate Judiciary Committee discussed the resolution for about three hours Thursday afternoon before a majority of members voted to pass it. It now goes to…

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January 27, 2020 by WVCBP
Multiple Groups Push for Criminal Justice Changes

WV Metro News - Multiple advocacy groups have come together in asking West Virginia lawmakers to make changes with the state’s criminal justice system. Read article. Representatives of the groups on Monday urged lawmakers to tackle multiple issues connected to a problem facing the state’s jails and prison: overcapacity.

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January 27, 2020 by WVCBP
Food-Stamp Work Requirements Just Look Cruel

Bloomberg Opinion - In some circles, the notion that there’s no free lunch isn’t just a metaphor for our economic reality -- it’s taken as a directive. That’s the idea behind the view that to qualify for government benefits, an able-bodied adult should either hold a job or be in school. West Virginia has been…

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January 20, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
Seth DiStefano on the Annual Budget Breakfast

WOWK-TV - Seth Distefano of the West Virginia Center on Budget Policy discusses the take away from the annual budget breakfast, including the governor’s plans for a rainy day fund to support Medicaid, the removal of the IDD Waiver Waitlist, and policies to combat hunger. Watch.

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

WV Press, Point Pleasant Register - 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…

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