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SJR 9 Another Business Tax Cut Unlikely to Pay Off

This week the Senate introduced SJR 9, or the Just Cut Taxes and Win Amendment. SJR 9 would call for a constitutional amendment to eliminate the business personal property tax for certain industries. As you might tell from the title of the resolution, this is the state’s latest effort to...

Medicaid Work Requirements Punitive and Misguided

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that states could remove some low-income adults from receiving Medicaid coverage if they are not working more than part-time or participating in work-related activities. This is a sharp departure from prior administrations that have rejected so-called “work requirement” waivers from states...

Denying Health Coverage Will Not Boost Employment

Previous blog posts have covered West Virginia’s proposal to modify its Medicaid program through a request to the federal government to waive certain requirements of the law, known as a 1115 waiver. As the posts explained, the proposed 1115 waiver would result in decreased access to health care with fewer...

Proposed Medicaid "Work Requirements" Reduce Health Coverage, Do Nothing to Incentivize Work

In November 2017, the WV Department of Health and Human Resources announced that they plan to modify the state's Medicaid program through a waiver under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act in 2018. DHHR stated that they plan to align the proposed “work requirements” with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that imposes time limits...

WVU Tuition vs. Minimum Wage

As our senior policy analyst Sean O’Leary noted earlier this year, tuition at West Virginia’s public colleges and universities has skyrocketed over the last decade while state support for higher education has declined. The rise in tuition and fees at our public colleges has not only eclipsed the rate of inflation,...

Final Trump-GOP Tax Plan Contains Major Tax Cuts for the Wealthy, Leaves Many in WV Out

The final tax bill that Republicans in Congress are poised to approve would provide most of its benefits to high-income households while raising taxes on many low- and middle-income West Virginians. While the bill goes into effect in 2018, many of the provisions directly affecting low- and middle-income individuals and...