Anti-Poverty Coalition Finalizes Legislative Agenda
Beckley Register-Herald and Parkersburg News and Sentinel - After months of meetings and discussions, the "Our Children, Our Future Campaign to End Child Poverty" coalition's approved 2014 state legislative agenda focuses on issues ranging from increasing the minimum wage to adding 30 minutes of physical activity to each school day. Read
The coalition will also support the creation of a ‘Future Fund' from a portion of state severance taxes and call for legislative action on the availability of pseudoephedrine, which is diverted to make meth.
The field of policy issues that make up the coalition's 2014 platform was narrowed from 20 to six at the organization's annual meeting here on Dec. 13 and via online voting that ended three days later. More than 900 religious, business, union, youth, community and school leaders from across the state voted on the platform, according to coalition officials.
"The vote only matters as much as what we do after the vote," Stephen Smith said at the annual meeting. Smith is executive director of the West Virginia Coalition for Healthy Kids and Families and is the leader of the "Our Children, Our Future" coalition.