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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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Apply for the First Summer Policy Institute!

February 16, 2016
The West Virginia Inaugural 2016 Summer Policy Institute (SPI) will be held July 29-31, 2016 at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon. The application deadline is April 30, 2016. What is it? The Summer Policy Institute will bring together highly-qualified undergraduate and graduate students for a three-day learning experience, where participants are given an opportunity to become better informed about vital West Virginia specific policy issues, network with fellow students and leaders, and prepare for their future studies and work in policy-related fields.
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A Tax Cut That Works for Working Families: A West Virginia Earned Income Tax Credit

January 6, 2016
Too many working families in West Virginia are paid low wages and have trouble making ends meet, with basic living expenses stretching family budgets beyond their limits. With tax overhaul a main topic in front of the legislature, a bottom-up tax cut like a state Earned Income Tax Credit that would help people who work hard for low pay should be central to the discussion.
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Revenue Options Crucial to Sustaining Public Investments That Promote Shared Prosperity

March 24, 2016
When lawmakers reconvene this spring to address the state’s looming budget crisis, it is clear that West Virginia should take a balanced approach that includes additional revenue, rather than a cuts-only approach that threatens our state’s struggling economy. Our state’s worsening revenue situation isn’t due entirely to plunging energy prices. Rather, that situation exacerbates the impact of past state tax cuts – including the elimination of the business franchise tax and grocery tax on food, and lowering the corporate net income tax rate from 9% to 6.5%.
 
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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.…
    Revenue Options Crucial to Sustaining Public Investments That Promote Shared Prosperity
    March 24, 2016 When lawmakers reconvene this spring to address the state’s looming budget crisis, it is clear that West Virginia should take a balanced approach that includes additional revenue, rather than a cuts-only approach that threatens our state’s struggling economy.…
    Confronting the Fiscal Gap
    February 16, 2016 Governor Tomblin’s plan for closing an estimated $381 million budget gap for the current fiscal year (FY 2016) and a $466 million shortfall for the 2017 state budget (FY 2017) includes a mix of spending cuts and budget reductions, as well as tapping the Rainy Day Fund, using surplus and one-time revenues, and raising taxes on tobacco and telecommunications services.…
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    April 29, 2016 Calling for a $1/Pack Increase in the Cigarette Tax Yesterday, a diverse group of advocates met to call for a long-overdue increase in the cigarette tax. West Virginia has the highest adult smoking rate in the nation and one of the lowest cigarette taxes.…
    Has West Virginia’s Budget Grown $564 Million in 5 Years?
    April 27, 2016 Earlier today, Delegate Patrick Lane issued a press release calling for more budget cuts as the solution to West Virginia’s budget gap. As part of his argument, Delegate Lane made the misleading claim that the state’s general revenue fund has grown by $564 million in 5 years, which is a reflection of “unchecked” government spending.…
    Checking in on West Virginia’s Struggling Economy (March 2016 Edition)
    April 18, 2016 West Virginia’s economy has not been faring well lately, with reports indicating the state has slipped back into a recession. Nationally, the economy has seen some relatively strong performances recently, but low energy prices and declining coal production have hurt mining states like West Virginia.…
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