WVCBP in the News

April 1, 2021 by WVCBP
Groups Push to Reject WV Bills Seen as Punitive

Public News Service - Advocates for impoverished people are urging West Virginia lawmakers to oppose two bills being heard in a House committee Thursday, that they claim punish low-income people and drug users. Read the full article. Senate Bill 387 would make permanent a pilot program that screens recipients of the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families,…

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April 1, 2021 by Kelly Allen
Groups Gird for Conflict Over Three West Virginia Tax Plans

West Virginia MetroNews - As the governor and two chambers of the Legislature push for differing big tax plans, citizen groups are weighing in on them. Read the full article. State community organizations plan a community rally and press conference at 11 a.m. Friday on the north side outside the Capitol to call on legislators…

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March 30, 2021 by Quenton King
Stakeholders Say New Bill For Criminal Law Rewrite Lacked Input, Transparency

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - Last spring, a small, bipartisan group of West Virginia lawmakers embarked on an enormous task — the rewriting of several hundred pages of criminal law. Read the full article. Every one to two weeks, the five House delegates would meet over a video conferencing app to consider a new section…

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March 29, 2021 by Renee Alves
Equal Pay Day

Parsons Advocate - Imagine what equal pay for equal work would look like. Last week, March 24th, was Equal Pay Day which recognizes the pay gap between working men and women. March 24th is the day into the year in which it takes women on average to earn what men did in 2020. This day is important. It…

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March 29, 2021 by Kelly Allen
Education Choice Groups Praise Signing of Hope Scholarship Education Savings Account Bill

Martinsburg Journal, Parkersburg News and Sentinel - West Virginia is now the seventh state in the nation to offer an education savings account program. Read the full article. Gov. Jim Justice has signed the Hope Scholarship bill. The Legislature received a letter Monday from Justice announcing the signing of several bills Saturday, including House Bill…

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March 29, 2021 by Quenton King
Criminal Justice Overhaul And Affordable Health Care This West Virginia Morning

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - On this West Virginia Morning, healthcare costs continue to rise around the country and can cause tremendous stress for consumers. But several bills being considered by the West Virginia Legislature aim to reduce those costs and put more money in the pockets of West Virginians. Also, we learn about a massive…

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March 27, 2021 by Kelly Allen
Senators Run Out of Time on Paid Parental Leave Bill for Public Employees

West Virginia MetroNews - Senators today decided they need more time to work out the details of a bill granting 12 weeks of paid parental leave. Read the full article. The bill would have applied to public employees who have worked for at least 12 months, following the exhaustion of their sick and personal leave. Employees…

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March 26, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
Gov. Justice Continues to Promote His Tax Plan, but West Virginia Businesses are Skeptical

Mountain State Spotlight, Beckley Register-Herald - Jeff McKay, like many business owners in West Virginia, has had a tough time dealing with this pandemic. Read the full article. “I’m probably being too conservative by saying that,” said the owner of Huntington’s Summit Beer Station.  Fortunately, with the vaccine rate improving, McKay says things are looking up…

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