Vision & Values


The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy is a policy research organization that is nonpartisan, nonprofit, and statewide.

The Center’s research and analysis is designed to support informed public dialogue and policy in West Virginia. The Center consults and collaborates with other organizations to ensure that its analyses are relevant and timely and strives to be a knowledgeable and respected source of credible information on public budget and fiscal issues for policymakers, advocates, media, and the public.

The Center participates in a national network of similar organizations that already exist in over half of U.S. states as part of the State Priorities Partnership, sponsored by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and the Economic Analysis and Research Network, an initiative of the Economic Policy Institute.


The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy’s mission is to use research and analysis to advance the well-being of West Virginia communities, and to promote and support the essential role of government in improving the quality of life in the state.


A prosperous West Virginia where everyone has a meaningful and equitable opportunity to thrive.


Rigorous research and analysis make good policy. Our work is grounded in “best practices” and in quality data-driven social scientific research on the best ways to advance shared prosperity and the well-being of all West Virginians.

Economic justice is tied to freedom. Freedom is found through economic and social policies that provide economic security, good health, equal opportunity, and the ability to pursue happiness.

The public works. Government plays a necessary and positive role in creating a shared prosperity and we are vigilant in making it smarter and more transparent and accountable to West Virginians.

Advocating for vulnerable populations. While our policy solutions benefit all West Virginians, we must always pay extra attention to the interests of low-income children, people of color, and other groups often left out of the policy process.

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