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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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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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    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. …
    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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    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.…
    Budget Beat – October 3, 2014
    October 3, 2014 West Virginians Working Harder, Pay Not Keeping Up West Virginia’s economy is recovering from the Great Recession but low- and middle-income workers not are seeing similar growth in their paychecks, according to the annual State of Working West Virginia, released this week, by the American Friends Service Committee and the WVCBP.…
    Budget Beat – September 26, 2014
    September 26, 2014 More on Last Week’s Poverty Numbers: Rich Getting Richer Last week ‘s data on poverty in West Virginia showed that the number of children and families living in poverty is still too high.…
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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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    Pay Attention: Policy Changes Can Have Major Effects on People
    October 3, 2014
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