Balancing the state budget has meant year after year of cuts to higher education funding in West Virginia. Public colleges and universities have been forced to respond with tuition hikes while the state’s Promise scholarship has remained flat, putting college affordability out of reach for some West Virginia families.
Want to find out more about how the state budget works, how we got into our current crisis and how we can get out?
On Tuesday, September 6, WVCBP Executive Director Ted Boettner will kick-off our speaker series at the West Virginia University Campus at 2:00 PM at the Mountainlair.
Can’t be there in person? Join us here.
A big priority of the legislature last year was to repeal the state’s prevailing wage. Promises were made of cost savings and job creation. In fact, West Virginia lost 1,000 construction jobs in the past year (see data below from the Bureau of Labor Statistics). Read more in this week’s State Journal op-ed by Senior Policy Analyst Sean O’Leary.
The WVCBP is proud to join organizations from across West Virginia to sponsor six forums on juvenile justice, mental health and education in the Mountain State. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-444-5917.
Why is juvenile justice such an important issue? While most states have reduced the number of their youth in confinement, West Virginia’s confinement rate has grown by more than 50%. It’s time to look at cost-saving alternatives that would save the state money while still protecting public safety.
View full PDF here.
Take this quick action to add your voice now to stop the debt trap – please add a personal note if payday lending has affected you or someone you know!
Though payday lenders are not allowed in our state, they will use a weak rule to come back into West Virginia.
Want to know more about how much better off West Virginia is without payday lending? Check out this report by the Center for Responsible Lending. Every year, residents in states that ban payday lending save over $2 billion in fees. West Virginia alone saves over $48 million annually!
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