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October 2, 2015

Join the Conversation on Racial Equity at (Budget Beat – October 2, 2015)

Race Matters in West Virginia

It’s hard to believe it’s almost been a year since hundreds of people from across West Virginia participated in the first Summit on Race Matters. Since then, events have happened across the state and now there’s a website where you can stay in touch. launched this week with ways you can Learn, Connect and Act in the campaign to end racial inequity in West Virginia.

The website is made possible with funding from the West Virginia Humanities Council and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Want to join the conversation in person? Plan to attend the Race Matters Summit in Lewisburg, WV on November 10 and 11. More information to follow.

A Marcellus Tax Incentive

West Virginia’s natural gas boom has not led to greater economic development. Overall, West Virginia lost jobs during the boom, and growth has been disappointing in the counties that have seen the biggest increase in gas production.

NGL not promised jobs

Last week we released A Win-Win Marcellus Shale Tax Incentive, with recommendations on how to increase the severance tax on natural gas liquids while providing an incentive for in-state consumers and producers.

This week the Charleston Gazette supported our recommendations. Here’s more in the Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram and the Wheeling Intelligencer.

Next Meeting of Tax Reform Committee

The Joint Select Committee on Tax Reform will meet on Monday to take up the issue of property taxes. On the agenda are Calvin Kent from the Marshall University Lewis College of Business and Jared Walczak, Policy Analyst with the Tax Foundation.

Please mark your calendar for the Committee’s public hearing on October 20. Here are some basic principles that we, along with the organizations listed below, ask legislators to consider in any tax reform recommendations.

2015 Tax Fairness Brief cover

Ever Thought of Running for Office?

The West Virginia Candidate Training Academy is hosting non-partisan training events for people interested in running for elected office of any kind, this year or in the future.

Learn from the experts:

  • Stump Speech Training: How to tell your story
  • How to Ask For Money
  • What to Run For, and When
  • Campaign Strategy
  • Panel Discussion with People Who Can Help You
  • The Inside Scoop From Successful Campaigners

Training workshops are being held in:

  • Lewisburg – November 12
  • Martinsburg – November 21
  • Charleston – December 5
  • Wheeling – December 8

To learn more, go here.


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