On May 20, 2015, WVCBP Executive Director Ted Boettner took part in a legislative briefing in Columbus, Ohio sponsored by the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative and Ohio Assembly members Jack Cera (District 96) and Michele Lepore-Hagan (District 58) to discuss the how Ohio can maximize benefits and minimize costs in shale drilling in Ohio.
Policy Outreach Coordinator
The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy seeks a policy outreach coordinator to build support for fiscal and economic policy that will improve the lives of vulnerable children, people of color, and build shared prosperity. The policy outreach coordinator will build the Center’s capacity through partnerships and the development of new relationships; help educate advocates, the media, and the public on policy proposals and issues; help mobilize communities around important public policy issues, produce opinion pieces, presentations, and other materials; and provide advocates, the media, policymakers and the public with timely, accessible, and credible research and analysis on issues impacting their communities. Over the next two years, this work will involve implementing a refundable state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other progressive tax changes.
Yesterday, the Obama administration’s Department of Labor proposed a new rule that will raise the overtime salary threshold from $23,660 to $50,440 by 2016, and index it for the future. This change will extend overtime protection to about 5 million workers in its first year, including 20,000 in West Virginia.
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, workers eligible for overtime must be paid “time-and-a-half” or 1.5 times their regular pay rate for each hour of work per week over 40 hours.
On June 5-6, 2015, Executive Director Ted Boettner presented at the Try This Conference in Buckhannon, West Virginia. Read
His presentation focused on the benefits of a healthy population including lower health care costs and greater economic productivity.
In 2009, the cost of obesity alone cost West Virginia $1.2 billion.