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Limiting SNAP is Counterproductive, Won’t Boost Employment

January 11, 2016
As of January 1, the West Virginia Department of Human Resources (DHHR) has added a so-called work requirement to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Under the policy, adults aged 18 to 50 with no dependent children must participate in a work or educational activity for a monthly average of 20 hours per week in order to maintain SNAP eligibility, with some exceptions.
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Higher Education Budget Cuts Threaten University Programs

January 20, 2016
West Virginia Public Broadcasting – In Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s State of the State address last week, he proposed budget cuts all across the board, and Higher Education is looking at another big reduction this year. Read/Listen For years, Higher Education in West Virginia has endured budget reductions from the state legislature.
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A Tax Cut That Works for Working Families: A West Virginia Earned Income Tax Credit

January 6, 2016
Too many working families in West Virginia are paid low wages and have trouble making ends meet, with basic living expenses stretching family budgets beyond their limits. With tax overhaul a main topic in front of the legislature, a bottom-up tax cut like a state Earned Income Tax Credit that would help people who work hard for low pay should be central to the discussion.
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Will “Right-to-Work” Grow West Virginia’s Economy? Not Likely

January 13, 2016
Back in November, the Business Bureau of Economic Research at West Virginia University released a study by John Deskins that concluded that the adoption of a “Right-to-Work” (RTW) law in West Virginia would boost employment and GDP growth, have no discernible impact on wages, and reduce unionization rates. The problem with the WVU study – and many studies that look at the economic impact of RTW laws – is that it is very difficult to untangle the impact of RTW laws on a state’s economy from other important factors (e.g.
 
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    A Tax Cut That Works for Working Families: A West Virginia Earned Income Tax Credit
    January 6, 2016 Too many working families in West Virginia are paid low wages and have trouble making ends meet, with basic living expenses stretching family budgets beyond their limits. With tax overhaul a main topic in front of the legislature, a bottom-up tax cut like a state Earned Income Tax Credit that would help people who work hard for low pay should be central to the discussion.…
    State of Working West Virginia 2015
    November 9, 2015 This report is the eighth in an annual series that examines the state of West Virginia’s economy. While previous editions examined data on employment, income, productivity, job quality and other aspects of the economy as they impact working people, this issue is an in-depth look at one specific economic measure – West Virginia’s labor force participation rate.…
    Fast Facts: Encouraging Work Key to Reducing Poverty
    October 22, 2015 This fall our members of Congress will have the chance to show that they support hard-working low-income families. PDF of report. Important provisions of two anti-poverty, pro-work policies, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC), are set to expire unless Congress acts to save them.…
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    “Right to Work” and Prevailing Bills on Their Way to the Governor’s Desk
    February 5, 2016 “Right to Work” and Repeal of Prevailing Wage Both Pass Full Legislature Yesterday, after five hours of debate, the so-called “Right to Work” legislation passed the full House of Delegates with a 54-46 vote.…
    5 Things You Need to Know about “Right to Work” in WV
    February 4, 2016 The West Virginia Legislature is poised to enact a so-called right-to-work (RTW) law this week. The House of Delegates is taking up an amended version of the “WV Workplace Freedom Act” this afternoon.…
    Other States Facing Severance Tax Shortfalls
    February 1, 2016 Beckley Register-Herald – As officials in Charleston grapple with how to tackle West Virginia’s $354 million budget shortfall, due largely to less than expected severance tax collections, states facing similar financial gaps are using other ways to shore up their finances.…
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