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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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Sponsorships Available for the 2016 Summer Policy Institute!

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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