WVCBP in the News

September 15, 2019 by Ted Boettner
Statehouse Beat: Economic Outlook May Have Swayed Manchin

One theory, and a plausible one, as to why U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin backed off on a run for governor is that he can read the economic tea leaves as well as anyone else. Read article. I’ve covered state government long enough to recognize that the state economy consists of a series of down stretches…

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September 11, 2019 by Sean O'Leary
Rate of Uninsured in WV Remains Unchanged, but Worries Shared on Lack of Progress

Charleston Gazette-Mail - While West Virginia made progress years ago in decreasing the number of uninsured people in the state, a U.S. Census Bureau report released Tuesday suggests that progress may be slowing after no change in the rate of insurance coverage between 2017 and 2018. Read article. In 2018, 114,000 — or 6.4 percent…

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September 1, 2019 by WVCBP
Brian Stanley: Stop Wage Theft in West Virginia

Huntington Herald-Dispatch, Logan Banner, Fayette Tribune - On Wednesday, the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy released a report on wage theft in West Virginia. Wage theft can be defined in many ways. Some examples are minimum wage violations, overtime violations, illegal deductions, employee misclassification, and tipped minimum wage violations. Read full op-ed. Working…

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August 28, 2019 by WVCBP
Gazette-Mail: Bill to Help Feed WV Kids a No-Brainer

House Bill 162 was one of those bills that got lost in the shuffle during the 2019 legislative session, mainly because the of the jockeying back and forth in the West Virginia Legislature on the omnibus bill. Read editorial. HB 162 (which passed the House of Delegates during one of the special sessions, 95-0, with…

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August 3, 2019 by Kelly Allen
Justice Forms Census Committee After Urging

Parkersburg News and Sentinel, Martinsburg Journal, Wheeling Intelligencer - After a think tank raised concerns, Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday the creation of a committee to ensure all West Virginians are counted for the 2020 U.S. Census. Read article. Justice, in a press release Friday, said preparations are underway for creating a Complete Count Committee to…

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July 28, 2019 by WVCBP
At Summer Policy Institute, Experts Discuss Mass Incarceration

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Before West Virginia can make any substantial progress in lowering its incarceration rates, Lida Shepherd, with the American Friends Service Committee, said that residents here — and everywhere — need to shift the way they think about “wrongdoings.” Read article. “We need to shift the idea of what we consider bad behavior, and…

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July 26, 2019 by Sean O'Leary
WV Economic Growth Leads Nation, but Will It Last?

WOWK-TV - The economic upswing is being credited to a significant increase in coal production, and the construction of natural gas pipelines across the Mountain State. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, West Virginia had the highest state economic growth rate in the first quarter of this year. It also had the highest growth for…

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July 16, 2019 by WVCBP
ACLU Kicks Off Campaigns in Wheeling

Wheeling Intelligencer - Leaders of the Northern Panhandle chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union met in Wheeling Monday to discuss three goals the organization has, outlining their trajectory for the next three years. Read article. Eight local residents attended the meeting, held at the First State Capitol building on Eoff Street for the Campaign Kickoff…

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July 15, 2019 by Sean O'Leary
What Happened to Weirton? Part 4: Where is God Today?

The consequences of deindustrialization manifest in many different ways. Read/Listen. Sherry Linkon and John Russo, two prominent scholars in working class studies, have written several books and articles about this topic, and at this point, they find you can easily make a list of what will happen when industry leaves. Let’s run down it. In…

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