Registration Open for 5th Annual Budget Breakfast!

December 6, 2017
West Virginia is likely to face another budget gap in its upcoming fiscal year. What can we do to solve this ongoing problem? Learn more at the 5th annual Budget Breakfast: ” Turning Our Budget and Tax System Right-Side Up” with our keynote speaker Kim Rueben, Senior Fellow in the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center at the Urban Institute, an expert on the state and local public finance and the economics of education.

SNAP Helps Over 81,000 West Virginia Workers

July 7, 2017
SNAP plays a crucial role helping workers in low-paying jobs afford a basic diet in West Virginia. Each year between 2013 and 2015, an average of 81,000 West Virginia workers lived in households that participated in SNAP within the last year, according to analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

State of Working West Virginia – 2017

September 8, 2017
[Charleston, WV] – Poverty is a persistent problem in West Virginia, where tens of thousands of West Virginians live in poverty because their jobs do not pay a living wage. Read the full report. This 10th annual State of Working West Virginia focuses on low-wage work, including demographics of those who do the work; the industries that employ them; geographic factors; the role of public programs supporting low-wage workers; and policy recommendations to improve economic well-being.

Improving Juvenile Justice in West Virginia

September 28, 2017
(Charleston, WV) – Every year in West Virginia, around 4,000 juveniles will appear before a judge. Pending the judge’s decision, a juvenile may be given an improvement period to address the behavior, put on probation, referred to a special court, or committed to some form of out-of-home placement. However, the state’s juvenile justice system can be confusing and data is often difficult or impossible to obtain.
 
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    Poverty in West Virginia: Lack of Progress and New Threats Ahead
    October 16, 2017
    Sustained economic gains and strong federal and state programs have led to welcome progress in the nationwide fight against poverty over the last several years. This is good news. But West Virginia isn’t sharing in the national progress, as poverty here remains stagnant. …
    Improving Juvenile Justice in West Virginia
    September 28, 2017 (Charleston, WV)Every year in West Virginia, around 4,000 juveniles will appear before a judge. Pending the judge’s decision, a juvenile may be given an improvement period to address the behavior, put on probation, referred to a special court, or committed to some form of out-of-home placement.…
    State of Working West Virginia – 2017
    September 8, 2017 [Charleston, WV] – Poverty is a persistent problem in West Virginia, where tens of thousands of West Virginians live in poverty because their jobs do not pay a living wage.…
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    Revised GOP Senate Tax Plan Gets Worse for West Virginia
    November 27, 2017 The Senate Finance Committee has amended the GOP tax bill, making significant changes to the bill, including the repeal of the individual mandate from the Affordable Care Act. The legislation is described as tax reform but would cut hundreds of billions of dollars in health care spending.…
    Debunking Tax Reform Myths – UPDATED 12/1/2017
    November 16, 2017 Myth 1: Tax reform will pay for itself. One of the most persistent myths about tax cuts is that they can boost the economy enough to offset their costs. In other words, tax cuts pay for themselves, adding to neither federal deficits or debt.…
    Impact of Senate Tax Plan Changes Little From House Plan, Still Overwhelmingly Benefits the Wealthy
    November 14, 2017 The U.S. Senate has released their version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. While the bill has some differences from the version released by the House, its overall affect is largely the same, with the benefits heavily favoring the wealthy. …
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