WVCBP in the News

June 15, 2019 by WVCBP
Josh Sword: For the Chamber and Carmichael, It’s About Money, Not Students

Charleston Gazette - Last month, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce President Steve Roberts penned an opinion column praising the Legislature for taking “a step back from the unknown consequences” of a piece of legislation related to clean water that he said “was not ready for legislative approval.” Read op-ed. “West Virginians have seen all too…

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June 13, 2019 by WVCBP
Center on Budget and Policy Explores Poverty, Education Reform

The Parthenon (Marshall University) - Amid the state legislature’s summer special sessions for education reform and following the recent release of a report on “The State of Public Education in West Virginia,” by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy took to social media Wednesday to address an apparent…

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May 28, 2019 by WVCBP
Rick Wilson: The Echo Chamber

Charleston Gazette - The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce does a great job of representing the economic interests of its members. It can kill bills with a frown and win without even showing up. That’s been true with both Democratic and Republican majorities. Read op-ed. Of course, this is probably easier to do when one represents…

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May 23, 2019 by WVCBP
SNAP Ban Lifted For Those With Felony Drug Convictions

Huntington Herald-Dispatch - After completing her prison sentence for operating a clandestine methamphetamine lab, Tracy Jividen began to restart her life. Read article. She went to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to sign up for food assistance, which she had been on prior to her felony drug conviction. "The form said, 'Do…

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May 17, 2019 by Seth DiStefano
Center on Budget and Policy Touts State Earned Income Tax Credit

Beckley Register-Herald - In the U.S. today, 29 states have an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program designed to put cash back in the pockets of low-income families. With 23 percent of its workforce toiling in poverty wage jobs, West Virginia is not among those states. Read article. That’s a situation that the West Virginia Center…

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May 13, 2019 by Seth DiStefano
Rockwool Could Get Fed’l. Tax Break Meant for Depressed Areas

Public News Service - The controversial Rockwool heavy-industry project could get a big federal tax break designed for poor areas - despite being in one of West Virginia's richest counties. Read article. The Rockwool proposal for an insulation-manufacturing plant has drawn intense opposition from critics, who say it would bring industrial pollution to Jefferson County,…

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May 8, 2019 by WVCBP
Rick Wilson: New Law Will Reduce Deaths from Childbirth in WV

Charleston Gazette - There were some rough and embarrassing moments in the last legislative session, but some good things came out of it. Read full op-ed. One that surprised me was the passage of Senate Bill 564, which raised the Medicaid eligibility threshold for pregnant women to 300 percent above the federal poverty level. The…

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April 18, 2019 by WVCBP
Companies Tout Economic Benefit of Gas Drilling While Seeking Tax Breaks

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Earlier this year, at a legislative breakfast in Charleston, representatives from two of West Virginia’s natural gas associations spoke about the economic benefits of the industry. Read full article. The state was prospering thanks to the oil and gas industry, said Charlie Burd, executive director of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of…

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March 27, 2019 by WVCBP
Justice Signs Bill Lowering Coal Severance Tax

WV Metro News - In front of West Virginia coal miners, Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill lowering severance taxes on thermal or steam coal in West Virginia from five percent to three percent. Read full article. Justice had a signing ceremony Wednesday at the Harrison County Coal Company’s Harrison County Mine in Mannington, signing into…

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