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The Governor’s 2016 Budget: More Austerity, Less Prosperity

March 2, 2015
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.
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Drug Testing Welfare Recipients – Wasteful and Unnecessary

February 12, 2015
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.
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Everyone Benefits When Workers Have Access to Sick Days

September 11, 2014
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.
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Meeting Our Budget Challenges: Fiscal Year 2016 and Beyond

January 22, 2015
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.
 
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    The Governor’s 2016 Budget: More Austerity, Less Prosperity
    March 2, 2015 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.…
    West Virginia’s Prevailing Wage: Good for Business, Good for Workers
    January 28, 2015 Construction workers hired for public projects in West Virginia must be paid a minimum “prevailing” wage and benefits level. This prevailing wage level must equal the market wage rates as determined by the West Virginia Division of Labor, and varies by geographical area within the state and by occupation.1 West Virginia’s prevailing wage law was first enacted in 1933, two years after the federal Davis-Bacon Act, which established a prevailing wage for federal construction projects.…
    Solving the Retirement Crisis in West Virginia
    October 22, 2014 As thousands of West Virginians approach retirement age, workplace retirement plans, along with Social Security and personal savings, are of growing importance. A secure retirement allows retired workers to live independently, pay for healthcare, and continue to contribute to the state’s economy.…
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    Let’s Not Go Backwards on Paying Social Workers
    March 2, 2015 Last week, the State Senate passed a bill (SB 559) that would except DHHR social workers from the requirement to be licensed by the West Virginia Board of Social Work.…
    Budget Beat – February 27, 2015
    February 27, 2015 Legislative Session Enters Crunch Time With March right around the corner, and cross-over day looming, time is running out for legislation to pass during the 2015 Legislation Session. Here’s a quick recap on keys issues we’ve been following:
    • Legislation to gut the current Prevailing Wage is now under consideration by the House after a compromise was reached in the Senate. 
    Budget Beat – February 20, 2015
    February 20, 2015 Bill to Drug Test TANF Recipients Passes First Committee The 2015 Legislative Session is now more than halfway over and there are several measures we are keeping an eye on that would impact West Virginia’s working families.…
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    Op-Eds and Presentations

    Sean O’Leary: Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Wasteful, Unnecessary
    February 25, 2015
    Ted Boettner: Nothing ‘Free Market’ About Right to Work
    February 20, 2015
    Ted Boettner: Nothing ‘Free Market’ about Right to Work
    February 19, 2015
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    WVCBP in the News

    Study Finds Limited Relief for W.Va. Coal Producers Under State Tax Reductions
    February 24, 2015
    No Support for Drug Testing
    February 20, 2015
    House Bill Implements Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients
    February 20, 2015
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