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July 27, 2015

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.

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Ted Boettner: Congress Must Act to Revitalize Appalachian Coal Communities

July 24, 2015
The Hill Blog – For more than a century, Appalachian coal communities have given more to the American dream and received less in return than any other region of our country. They’ve fueled our expansion westward, driven the industrial revolution, and powered our way to victory in two World Wars. At the same time, Appalachians have suffered from painful boom and bust cycles, risked their lives on a daily basis, and live in an area that remains one of the poorest regions in our nation.
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Healthy Lifestyles and Economic Development

June 6, 2015
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.
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    Fast Facts: More Tax Cuts Not What West Virginia Needs to Grow Its Economy
    July 30, 2015 Several years ago, West Virginia enacted a series of large business tax cuts with the belief that they would help grow the state’s economy. Today policymakers are promoting that same theory, even though the previous tax cuts have largely failed to put West Virginia on a path to prosperity, with the state losing thousands of jobs.…
    Fast Facts: “Right-to-Work” Won’t Boost West Virginia’s Economy
    July 16, 2015 “Right-to-Work” laws do not guarantee jobs for workers. Instead they prohibit unions and employers from including a provision in contracts that requires employees who benefit from union representation to pay for their fair share toward those costs.…
    Fast Facts: Ending West Virginia’s Prevailing Wage Won’t Reduce Costs
    July 10, 2015 Some lawmakers are claiming West Virginia’s prevailing wage overpays construction workers and inflates the costs of public construction projects, but the evidence does not support these claims. Ending the state’s prevailing wage is likely to have no impact on public construction costs but could hurt the living standards of construction workers and the competitiveness of local construction firms.…
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    Budget Beat – July 31, 2015
    July 31, 2015 Medicaid at 50 Helping More West Virginians Live Healthier Lives Medicaid provides health coverage that helps low-income seniors, children and people with disabilities get needed health care. It provides parents and other adults economic security through health coverage that protect them from medical debt and allows them to stay healthy and work.…
    Medicaid Turns 50: How the Program Has Helped West Virginians in the Last Half Century
    July 28, 2015 by Brooke Bailey, 2015 Summer Research Associate On July 30, 1965 – fifty years ago – President Lyndon Johnson signed a piece of legislation into law that would one day provide assistance to over 70 million people across the United States.…
    Recovery in Reverse: The State of West Virginia’s Economy
    July 23, 2015 Andrew Brown has a good piece in the Gazette-Mail highlighting that West Virginia now has the nation’s highest unemployment rate. West Virginia’s economic recovery since the Great Recession (December 2007) has been bumpy but it now appears that the state may be entering a new downturn.…
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    Ted Boettner: Coal Miners’ Struggle
    July 25, 2015
    Ted Boettner: Congress Must Act to Revitalize Appalachian Coal Communities
    July 24, 2015
    Linda Frame: Letting Tax Credits Expire Will Hurt Our Veterans
    July 4, 2015
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