WVCBP 10th Anniversary Celebration

August 18, 2017
Join us as we look back on our first 10 years! Celebrate with us on December 4 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the new Upper Clendenin Lobby of the Charleston Civic Center. Register here!

SNAP Helps Over 81,000 West Virginia Workers

July 7, 2017
SNAP plays a crucial role helping workers in low-paying jobs afford a basic diet in West Virginia. Each year between 2013 and 2015, an average of 81,000 West Virginia workers lived in households that participated in SNAP within the last year, according to analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

State of Working West Virginia – 2017

September 8, 2017
[Charleston, WV] – Poverty is a persistent problem in West Virginia, where tens of thousands of West Virginians live in poverty because their jobs do not pay a living wage. Read the full report. This 10th annual State of Working West Virginia focuses on low-wage work, including demographics of those who do the work; the industries that employ them; geographic factors; the role of public programs supporting low-wage workers; and policy recommendations to improve economic well-being.

Improving Juvenile Justice in West Virginia

September 28, 2017
(Charleston, WV) – Every year in West Virginia, around 4,000 juveniles will appear before a judge. Pending the judge’s decision, a juvenile may be given an improvement period to address the behavior, put on probation, referred to a special court, or committed to some form of out-of-home placement. However, the state’s juvenile justice system can be confusing and data is often difficult or impossible to obtain.
 
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    Poverty in West Virginia: Lack of Progress and New Threats Ahead
    October 16, 2017
    Sustained economic gains and strong federal and state programs have led to welcome progress in the nationwide fight against poverty over the last several years. This is good news. But West Virginia isn’t sharing in the national progress, as poverty here remains stagnant. …
    Improving Juvenile Justice in West Virginia
    September 28, 2017 (Charleston, WV)Every year in West Virginia, around 4,000 juveniles will appear before a judge. Pending the judge’s decision, a juvenile may be given an improvement period to address the behavior, put on probation, referred to a special court, or committed to some form of out-of-home placement.…
    State of Working West Virginia – 2017
    September 8, 2017 [Charleston, WV] – Poverty is a persistent problem in West Virginia, where tens of thousands of West Virginians live in poverty because their jobs do not pay a living wage.…
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    The New “Road to Prosperity” Explained
    October 17, 2017 On October 7th, voters in West Virginia overwhelmingly approved a $1.6 billion general obligation bond to invest in the state’s road system. This is on top of the estimated $500 million in Turnpike Bonds and $500 million in federal GARVEE road bonds that were approved during the special legislative session earlier this year, along with about $130 million in increased State Road Fund revenues to pay for the $1.6 billion “Road to Prosperity” road bond.…
    What is West Virginia’s Economic Outlook?
    October 13, 2017 The Bureau of Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University released their annual Economic Outlook Report for the state earlier this month. According to the report’s forecast, West Virginia is expected to experience modest job growth, with employment forecasted to grow at an average rate of 0.7 percent per year for the next five years. …
    The Impact of Federal Funding in West Virginia – Part I
    October 9, 2017 Federal funds play an important role in West Virginia’s economy and make up a vast portion of the revenue the state receives. Historically West Virginia has been provided with a larger share of federal funds per capita than most states.…
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