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Register for Summit on Race Matters in Appalachia

October 7, 2014
The Summit will offer a unique opportunity for people from throughout West Virginia to participate in a constructive, in-depth conversation about the complicated history of race relations and racial inequality in the state. Participants will examine the causes and consequences of structural inequities that exist across social, political, education and financial systems and how those inequities negatively affect everyone.
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State of Working West Virginia 2014: Economic Recovery and Transition in the Mountain State

September 30, 2014
This report is the seventh in an annual series that examines the state of West Virginia’s economy as it impacts working people. Each year, we examine the latest available data on employment, income, productivity and job quality as well as the immediate economic challenges and opportunities. Read PDF of report.  The themes have varied from year to year with changes in the economy but the basic goal remains the same: to look at what can sometimes seem to be dreary numbers and indicators from the point of view of those who actually do the work.
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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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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. Read PDF of report. But in West Virginia, more than 349,000 workers, over half of the private-sector workforce, do not participate in an employer-sponsored retirement plan.
 
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    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.…
    State of Working West Virginia 2014: Economic Recovery and Transition in the Mountain State
    September 30, 2014 This report is the seventh in an annual series that examines the state of West Virginia’s economy as it impacts working people. Each year, we examine the latest available data on employment, income, productivity and job quality as well as the immediate economic challenges and opportunities.…
    Gambling With Children’s Health
    September 19, 2014 The health of of close to 25,000 children in West Virginia is at risk if Congress does not chose to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). As  Senator Jay Rockefeller mentioned in today’s Charleston Gazette, defunding CHIP could hurt not only children’s health but making it harder for families to make ends meet. …
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    Insurance Industry Doesn’t Understand Retirement Access
    October 21, 2014 In Sunday’s Gazette-Mail, John E. Pauley, the executive director of the West Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, wrote an op-ed making several dubious claims about the state of retirement security in West Virginia and about the proposed Voluntary Employee Retirement Accounts (VERA) program that is being supported by AARP. …
    Budget Beat – October 17, 2014
    October 17, 2014 SCORE Initiative Announced Yesterday at the state Capitol, Senate President Jeff Kessler announced the kick-off of his SCORE initiative, Southern Coalfields Organizing and Revitalizing the Economy. In a statement released yesterday, Senator Kessler cited these goals for SCORE:
    • Increase funding for tourism advertising and development
    • Education and workforce development and retraining initiatives
    • Dedicating monies for viable redevelopment projects
    • Agribusiness and rural development opportunities
    • Increase Broadband access
    • Expanding and supporting intermodal transportation
    • Explore development of coalbed methane reserves
    • Support clean coal research and development
    In last month’s State of Working West Virginia, the WVCBP outlined the challenges facing southern West Virginia as coal-mining jobs continue to decline and market pressures slow coal production.…
    Budget Beat – October 10, 2014
    October 10, 2014 Registration Now Open: Summit on Race Matters in Appalachia The WVCBP is a proud sponsor of the Summit on Race Matters in Appalachia, taking place November 10 & 11 in Charleston.…
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    Op-Eds and Presentations

    Sean O’Leary and Ted Boettner: We Are Split on the Boy Scout Amendment
    October 5, 2014
    Keeping Families Healthy: West Virginia Earned Sick Days and Family Medical Leave
    July 28, 2014
    Stemming the Retirement Crisis: West Virginia Voluntary Retirement Accounts
    July 28, 2014
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    WVCBP in the News

    Pay Attention: Policy Changes Can Have Major Effects on People
    October 3, 2014
    Trouble in the Coalfields
    October 3, 2014
    State Economy Growing Despite Job Losses
    October 2, 2014
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