WVCBP in the News

February 15, 2021 by WVCBP
Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Push Support Proposals this Session

West Virginia MetroNews - When she was first sentenced to time in prison, a West Virginia woman said she did not know what to expect. Read the full article. “You’ve got to learn hard and you’ve got to learn fast,” said Crystal Allen who served three years in prison for shooting her first husband. When…

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February 12, 2021 by WVCBP
Fred Albert: Justice’s ‘Paradise’ Not the WV Children Deserve (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail, Huntington Herald-Dispatch - The COVID-19 pandemic is a war we’re finally starting to win, at great cost. Read the full op-ed. After such wars, good governments step in with bold ideas and concrete programs to help heal and rebuild. Think of Britain’s “Homes Fit for Heroes” after World War I and America’s G.I.…

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February 11, 2021 by Kelly Allen
Legislators may Assert More Authority over Federal Emergency Appropriations

West Virginia MetroNews - A first bill aimed at refining the governor’s emergency powers is headed for a vote in the House of Delegates. Read the full article. For months, lawmakers have been watching Gov. Jim Justice’s use of CARES Act relief funding. West Virginia received $1.25 billion in federal relief, and Gov. Jim Justice…

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February 11, 2021 by WVCBP
Joseph Wyatt: History Shows Income Tax Repeal a Bad Idea (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail - When Republicans announce their faith in a plan to stimulate the economy, it is wise to tighten the grip on one’s wallet. Read the full op-ed. Presently, West Virginia’s GOP governor and the party’s legislative supermajority tell us that eliminating our personal income tax will cause 400,000 people in other states to…

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February 10, 2021 by WVCBP
W.Va. Lawmakers Return to Capitol amid Pandemic. Their Plan: Tax Cuts that Favor the Wealthy and Helping Private Schools

Mountain State Spotlight - This week, state lawmakers return to the Capitol for the first legislative session since the beginning of a pandemic that has so far claimed the lives of 2,150 West Virginians. Read the full article. The Republican majority’s priorities include tax cuts that would favor richer West Virginians and charter schools. Less clear:…

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February 9, 2021 by Quenton King
W.Va. Lawmakers, Advocates Talk Criminal Justice Reform Ahead Of Session

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - Over the last few years, members of the West Virginia Legislature have passed a handful of laws aimed at reforming the state’s criminal justice system. Read the full article. But no one could’ve anticipated the toll that the coronavirus pandemic would have until lawmakers were just adjourning in March 2020.…

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February 9, 2021 by WVCBP
WV Bid to Abolish Income Tax Called “Devastating” to Children

Public News Service - Some of West Virginia's lawmakers are proposing abolishing the state's personal income tax during this year's legislative session, and social-services advocates say the move would be devastating for children and families. Read the full article. Jim McKay, state coordinator for Prevent Child Abuse West Virginia, said the lost income would total…

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