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What does the election mean for state economic policy in West Virginia?

November 12, 2014
Last week, to many people’s surprise, West Virginia’s legislature flipped from blue to red with the GOP picking up 18 seats in the House of Delegates and eight seats in the State Senate. It appears that Mercer County State Senator and car dealership owner Bill Cole will become the new Senate President and that current minority leader and lawyer Tim Armstead from Kanawha County will become the new Speaker of the House of Delegates.
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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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Join Us for the 2nd Annual Budget Breakfast!

December 11, 2014
WVCBP Executive Director will discuss the governor’s proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget and what it means for West Virginia’s children and working families. We will also have a panel discussion of state legislators as we kick off the start of the 2015 Legislative Session. Register today! Take advantage of an Early Bird discount if you register by 12/31/14!
 
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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.…
    Child Poverty Rate Remains One of the Highest in the Country
    September 18, 2014 In 2013, poverty remained high in West Virginia. While the state’s economy has grown since the end of the recession, that growth has not been widely shared, as thousands of West Virginians continue to struggle to afford basic necessities like housing, nutritious food, and reliable child care and transportation.
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    Is it a Good Time to Reduce Male Wages in West Virginia?
    December 16, 2014 As the legislature considers repealing the state’s prevailing wage for public construction projects, it is important to recognize that it could further depress wages. This is especially true for male workers, who typically hold over 90 percent of construction jobs.…
    Budget Beat – December 12, 2014
    December 12, 2014 Budget Breakfast: Register Today to Take Advantage of Discount! Join us for the next Budget Breakfast on Wednesday, January 21 at the Four Points Sheraton, downtown Charleston. Please register by 12/31/14 to get the Early Bird discount! …
    Budget Beat – December 5, 2014
    December 5, 2014 Shout-Out to Evidence Counts, the WVCBP Blog As a Budget Beat reader, you are familiar with the WVCBP blog, Evidence Counts. We are proud to be one of the top blogs followed by West Virginia Focus as mentioned in its Sept/Oct issue!…
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    Erin Snyder: We All Benefit from Earned Sick Leave
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    Erin Snyder: Earned Sick Days Prevents Spread of Disease
    November 2, 2014
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