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How Much Would a Pro-Work Tax Credit Directly Support Your Community?

This week the Invest in Working Families Coalition launched its new website which shows just how much a pro-work tax credit would help hard-working West Virginians.

State EITC Coalition Coordinator Seth DiStefano kicks off Monday’s event

A West Virginia EITC would help more people keep working despite low wages. When people keep more of what they earn, they can spend it in the economy on necessities like groceries, school supplies, or car repairs. This extra help means kids do better and go further in school, families are healthier, and their economic situation is improved. As a result of getting a better start as children, kids whose families received the EITC are more likely to become productive adults and earn more as adults.

The coalition plans to use its new website to educate lawmakers and members of the community on the specific benefits thousands of West Virginians, and the economies in which they live, would stand to gain by creation of a West Virginia EITC.

Here more in the Beckley Register-Herald, the Charleston Gazette-Mail and the Dominion Post.

Here’s a look at State Senate District 8. Check out your own district here.


West Virginia would become the 27th state to have a state EITC. This would allow families to keep more of what they earn and help people who earn low wages stay on the job.

It would be modeled after the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, an important tax credit for those same hard-working families. Congress has a chance in the next couple of weeks to make temporary improvements in the federal EITC permanent. With one click, you can ask Congress to remember those families.

West Virginia Leads the World in Number of Women Behind Bars

West Virginia incarcerates more women than any other place in the world, the Prison Policy Institute states in a new study.

The report shows that the U.S. incarcerates women far more than nearly all other nations, and is also incarcerating women far more than in the recent past. In fact, the incarceration rate nearly tripled between 1980 and 1990. And West Virginia tops the list.

Source: The Prison Policy Institute
 

Raleigh County Commission Supports Power + Plan

This week the Raleigh County Commission became the latest in West Virginia to pass a resolution supporting the Power + Plan.

Commissioners in Wyoming, Lincoln, Kanawha and Fayette counties have passed similar resolutions and over a dozen have been passed in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. The resolutions urge West Virginia’s Congressional delegation to support federal investment to help spur economic growth in areas of the state struggling with job losses.

Here’s more in the Beckley Register-Herald.

Early Bird Discount for the Third Annual Budget Breakfast – January 19, 2016

Take advantage of the early bird discount for this year’s Budget Breakfast by registering today!

We are pleased to announce this year’s keynote speaker will be Alexandra Forter Sirota, Director of the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center, presenting, “Tax Cuts Poor Strategy for Shared Prosperity: Lessons from North Carolina.”

The event will kick-off with Ted’s annual preview of the governor’s upcoming budget. Join us on January 19 at the Charleston Marriott Town Center!

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Joining the National Conversation on Black Lives Matter

Supporting a Movement

This week WVCBP staff met up with sister organizations from across the country at the annual State Fiscal Impact Conference in Baltimore.

The opening event of the conference was “Support a Movement: Black Lives Matter and State Fiscal Policy.” The session focused on the role of public policy in creating and sustaining the conditions which continue to limit opportunity for communities of color.

Panelists included Christopher Brown, Director for Financial Security with PolicyLink; Jessica Pierce, National Co-Chair with the Black Youth Project 100, Felicia Pulliam, Development Director with FOCUS St. Louis and Melech Thomas, Minister and Community Activist. The discussion was moderated by WVCBP Executive Director Ted Boettner.

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Ted Boettner, Jessica Pierce and Felicia Pulliam

Nick Johnson (Senior Vice President for State Fiscal Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities),Ted Boettner, Jessica Pierce, Felicia Pulliam, Melech Thomas and Christopher Brown

Why Are So Many West Virginians Out of the Workforce?

West Virginia’s low level of labor force participation is one of the state’s greatest economic challenges. Improving the state’s participation rate greatly depends on improving the state’s economy by creating more opportunity for its workers. Policies that help workers stay on the job, and stay healthy, will not only improve the state’s labor force participation rate but also its economy. Check out the 2015 State of Working West Virginia for all the details.

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Introducing the State Earned Income Tax Coalition and New Interactive Website

Join us as we launch the new Invest in Working Families Coalition and its new website!

When: November 16, 2015 12:00 pm

Where: Governor’s Press Conference Room (off the Secretary of State’s office)

Why: See how your county would benefit from a West Virginia EITC

A state EITC would make it easier for lower-paid workers to make ends meet and afford basic necessities like childcare and transportation. With families with very low wages, the credit increases with every dollar earned, which encourages them to work more hours. That additional experience in the workforce can lead to higher pay and better opportunities, helping to put their family on a better path.

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Early Bird Discount for the Third Annual Budget Breakfast – January 19, 2016

Take advantage of the early bird discount for this year’s Budget Breakfast by registering today!

We are pleased to announce this year’s keynote speaker will be Alexandra Forter Sirota, Director of the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center, presenting, “Tax Cuts Poor Strategy for Shared Prosperity: Lessons from North Carolina.”

The event will kick-off with Ted’s annual preview of the governor’s upcoming budget. Join us on January 19 at the Charleston Marriott Town Center!

Kanawha County Joins Others Supporting Federal Assistance for Coalfields

Kanawha County Commission Passes Resolution to Create Jobs in Coalfields

After several meetings to take up the issue, last night the Kanawha County Commission unanimously passed a resolution calling for federal action to invest in coalfield communities, which is very similar to the POWER+ Plan included in President Obama’s FY 2016 budget. Commissioners in Wyoming, Lincoln, and Fayette Counties have passed similar resolutions and over a dozen have been passed in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. The resolutions urge West Virginia’s Congressional delegation to support federal investment to help spur economic growth in areas of the state struggling with job losses. Here’s more in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

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Introducing the State Earned Income Tax Coalition and New Interactive Website

Join us as we launch the new West Virginia Earned Income Tax Coalition and its new website!

When: November 16, 2015 12:00 pm

Where: Governor’s Press Conference Room (off the Secretary of State’s office)

Why: See how your county would benefit from a West Virginia EITC

RSVP Contact: Tara Martinez 304.720.8682 (please RSVP to reserve lunch)

A state EITC would make it easier for lower-paid workers to make ends meet and afford basic necessities like childcare and transportation. With families with very low wages, the credit increases with every dollar earned, which encourages them to work more hours. That additional experience in the workforce can lead to higher pay and better opportunities, helping to put their family on a better path.

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A Reminder on Veterans Day

Remind Congress to support hard working West Virginians, including 15,000 veteran and military families, this Veterans Day who rely on the federal Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit to make ends meet. Click here to send your message to our leaders in Washington. 

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Join Our Team as a Fellow or Intern!

Need college credits? Interested in working in the community to help low-income families? Apply to be a WVCBP’s intern or fellow. With several options available, there is sure to be something to fit your schedule.

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Early Bird Discount for the Third Annual Budget Breakfast – January 19, 2016

Take advantage of the early bird discount for this year’s Budget Breakfast by registering today!

We are pleased to announce this year’s keynote speaker will be Alexandra Forter Sirota, Director of the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center, presenting, “Tax Cuts Poor Strategy for Shared Prosperity: Lessons from North Carolina.”

The event will kick-off with Ted’s annual preview of the governor’s upcoming budget. Join us on January 19 at the Charleston Marriott Town Center!

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