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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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May 5, 2016
The West Virginia Inaugural 2016 Summer Policy Institute (SPI) will be held July 29-31, 2016 at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon. Students from across West Virginia will be a part of this first-ever event. One of the event’s goals is to provide students a tuition-free opportunity to discuss public policy and the role they can play in West Virginia’s future.
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Coal Mining Jobs in West Virginia Aren’t Coming Back

May 10, 2016
Marketplace (National Public Radio) – West Virginia holds its primary Tuesday amid another war of words over coal mining. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has said, “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners out of business.” And Republican Donald Trump recently retorted, “We’re going to put the miners back to work.” Read The reality of the market, however, suggests many West Virginia mining jobs — whoever is president — will never come back.
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New Revenues to Balance the Budget Don’t Have to be Regressive

May 16, 2016
Last week, Governor Tomblin finally issued the call for the legislature to come back into a special session to balance the FY 2017 budget. The special session will begin today, May 16th, and the governor will once again submit a budget proposal for the legislature to consider. During the regular session, Governor Tomblin proposed $130 million in new revenue, including applying the sales tax to telecommunication devices and increasing the tobacco tax from $0.55 per pack to $1.00 per pack (along with increasing wholesale price on other tobacco products and taxing electronic cigarettes).
 
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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.…
    Revenue Options Crucial to Sustaining Public Investments That Promote Shared Prosperity
    March 24, 2016 When lawmakers reconvene this spring to address the state’s looming budget crisis, it is clear that West Virginia should take a balanced approach that includes additional revenue, rather than a cuts-only approach that threatens our state’s struggling economy.…
    Confronting the Fiscal Gap
    February 16, 2016 Governor Tomblin’s plan for closing an estimated $381 million budget gap for the current fiscal year (FY 2016) and a $466 million shortfall for the 2017 state budget (FY 2017) includes a mix of spending cuts and budget reductions, as well as tapping the Rainy Day Fund, using surplus and one-time revenues, and raising taxes on tobacco and telecommunications services.…
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    First Week on Budget Special Session Wraps Up
    May 20, 2016 Today the West Virginia legislature wraps up its first week of work on passing a state budget. The most notable accomplishment was the Senate passage of SB 1005 which would raise the tobacco tax by 45-cents/pack.…
    Thousands of West Virginians Now Eligible for Overtime
    May 19, 2016 Yesterday, the Labor Department issued its final rule updating overtime regulations, which will automatically extend overtime protections to millions of workers in its first year of implementation. The rule extends overtime protections to workers earning less than $913 per week or $47,476 annually for a full-time worker, and established a mechanism to update the threshold every three years.…
    Governor’s Proposed Tax Increases Smaller than Past Tax Cuts
    May 18, 2016 Last week, Governor Tomblin issued a proclamation to call the legislature into a special session to address the state’s impeding budget crisis on Monday. This announcement came on the heels of a recent downgrade in the state’s bond rating from Standard & Poor’s Rating Service.…
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