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Your Guide to the State Budget

April 5, 2016
The state budget directly affects everyone living in West Virginia. It is the one law that makes state government function. It defines how we plan to use our resources to do the things together that cannot be done alone, such as creating good schools for our children, protecting the environment, making our communities safe, making car travel possible, and ensuring that our constitutional rights are protected.
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State to Exempt Homeless from SNAP Requirements

July 30, 2016
Charleston Gazette-Mail – Homeless people in West Virginia will not have to find work or training to receive food-stamp benefits, the state Department of Health and Human Resources has decided. Read The state plans to exempt homeless people by October from a requirement in nine West Virginia counties stating a person must work or train 20 hours per week, or lose food stamps after three months, said Allison Adler, a spokeswoman for DHHR.
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How Legalizing Marijuana Could Impact West Virginia

July 15, 2016
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.
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Grading Places: Towards Tri-State Shale Policies for the Public Good

July 15, 2016
This report card evaluates the current policies of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia in a range of policy areas informed by the research of the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative (MSSRC). It compares policies across the three states that address the social and economic issues that unconventional drilling delivers to the communities in which it occurs.
 
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    Reforming Youth Incarceration in West Virginia
    August 19, 2016       View PDF here.  …
    Modernizing West Virginia’s Marijuana Laws: Potential Benefits of Decriminalization, Medical Marijuana and Legalization
    August 18, 2016 Over the last two decades, states across the country have modernized their marijuana laws to reflect the growing evidence that doing so will help reduce criminal justice costs, help treat some medical conditions, and boost tax revenues and their state’s economy.…
    Grading Places: Towards Tri-State Shale Policies for the Public Good
    July 15, 2016 This report card evaluates the current policies of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia in a range of policy areas informed by the research of the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative (MSSRC). It compares policies across the three states that address the social and economic issues that unconventional drilling delivers to the communities in which it occurs.…
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    It’s Time for a Tax Cut for Working Families
    August 26, 2016 Families who struggle to pay for expenses put most of their money right back into the economy when they buy necessities. A West Virginia Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) would give these families an additional boost at tax time and generate millions of dollars in local West Virginia communities.…
    Is It Time to Modernize West Virginia’s Marijuana Laws?
    August 19, 2016 Decriminalizing marijuana could save West Virginia millions of dollars in its corrections budget and legalizing medical marijuana could provide an alternative to highly addictive opioid painkillers. These are among the findings of Modernizing West Virginia’s Marijuana Laws: Potential Benefits of Decriminalization, Medical Marijuana and Legalization, a report released yesterday and written by Tara Holmes, WVCBP Summer Research Associate.…
    How a Tax on Soda Could Help WV’s Fiscal and Physical Health
    August 12, 2016 Lunch and Learn About the Benefits of a Soda Tax This Wednesday, August 17 How could a soda tax improve our physical and fiscal health in West Virginia? Numerous studies have linked the excessive consumption of soda to the nation’s epidemic of obesity, diabetes and other diseases.…
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    An Idea for a Better Wheeling
    July 30, 2016
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    July 29, 2016
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