Governor Tomblin’s proposed 2016 budget continues the state’s recent trend, with a number of cuts and transfers needed to balance the budget, as the state’s revenue problem has yet to be solved. The Rainy Day Fund will once again be tapped, and bills will need to be passed by the legislature to divert previously dedicated revenue.
West Virginia’s legislature is moving forward with a costly and ineffective bill targeted at only the poorest West Virginians. The bill, SB 348, would create a three-county pilot program to begin drug testing recipients of cash assistance (a.k.a. WV Works/ TANF). The costs of the drug screening would be deducted from the TANF recipients’ monthly check – which averaged about $340 per month for a family of three in 2013 – and would be reimbursed if found negative.
Everybody Needs Time Off from Work and 227,000 West Virginia Workers Lack Access to Paid Sick Days:
Caring for a sick child, an elderly parent, or ourselves, all of us sometimes need time off from work.
But many workers in West Virginia don’t have any source of income when they must take time off for their own health or to care for their family.
At the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy’s 2nd Annual Budget Breakfast, Executive Director Ted Boettner recapped Governor Tomblin’s proposed Fiscal Year 2016 state budget and the impact it will have on West Virginia’s low- and moderate-income working families. View his presentation here.