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Keep Payday Lending Out of West Virginia

September 6, 2016
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has proposed rules that, if strengthened, could rein in the worst abuses of payday and car title lending. Thankfully, West Virginia protects against abusive payday and car title loans, but the CFPB still needs to hear from you. Add your voice now to stop the debt trap!
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$1 Billion Aid Proposal for Coal Areas Has Strong Support in Poll

September 26, 2016
Lexington Herald-Leader – There is strong support among voters of all stripes for a proposal that would provide $1 billion for mine reclamation projects in Eastern Kentucky and other areas hurt by a slump in coal jobs, according to a seven-state poll released Monday. Read The poll found that 89 percent of registered voters back what is known as the RECLAIM Act.
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How Legalizing Marijuana Could Impact West Virginia

July 15, 2016
Many states have legalized the use of marijuana for medical or recreational use, and several states have similar measures on their ballots in November 2016 election.  Tara Holmes presented her findings at the July 2016 Lunch and Learn at the WV Covenant House on what legalizing marijuana could mean for West Virginia’s budget, the corrections system and tourism.
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West Virginia’s Budget Crisis Explained

September 6, 2016
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 year after year of tuition hikes while the state’s Promise scholarship has remained flat, putting college affordability out of reach for some West Virginia families.
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    Reforming Youth Incarceration in West Virginia
    August 19, 2016 View PDF here.  …
    Modernizing West Virginia’s Marijuana Laws: Potential Benefits of Decriminalization, Medical Marijuana and Legalization
    August 18, 2016 Over the last two decades, states across the country have modernized their marijuana laws to reflect the growing evidence that doing so will help reduce criminal justice costs, help treat some medical conditions, and boost tax revenues and their state’s economy.…
    Grading Places: Towards Tri-State Shale Policies for the Public Good
    July 15, 2016 This report card evaluates the current policies of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia in a range of policy areas informed by the research of the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative (MSSRC). It compares policies across the three states that address the social and economic issues that unconventional drilling delivers to the communities in which it occurs.…
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    Tax Reform For Working Families Could Improve West Virginia’s Chronic Poverty Rate
    September 23, 2016 Too many West Virginians struggled to make ends meet in 2015, and the number of West Virginians living in poverty remained unchanged. One solution? A Working Families Tax Credit that would help people who work for low wages keep more of what they earn.…
    New Data: Thanks to Health Care Reform, More of Us Have Health Insurance
    September 16, 2016 More and more West Virginians have health insurance, thanks to the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion. According the U.S. Census Bureau, 108,000 West Virginians lacked health insurance in 2015, a decrease of 48,000 from 2014.…
    West Virginia’s Budget Crisis Affects Us All
    September 9, 2016 It took a special session but lawmakers successfully balanced this year’s budget as the clock was running out. A mixture of Rainy Day funds, budget cuts, and an increase in the tobacco tax filled the gap.…
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