Throughout the next couple of months, WVCBP staff will talk to dozens of organizations across the state about West Virginia’s fiscal condition: specifically how the state can fix its upcoming budget gap, estimated to be at least $300 million next year.
Who pays taxes in West Virginia? What makes up our tax base?
Lexington Herald-Leader, The Paducah Sun – 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.
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.
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.