Budget Beat – March 8, 2013
Evidence Counts – the WVCBP blog
Two blog posts this week looked at the governor’s proposed budget in more detail. Ted’s blog explained how the passage of this session’s “Amazon law,” which would tax Internet sales, is key to the governor’s revenue projections. Without it, his FY 2014 budget faces a $7 to $10 million shortfall.
Sean’s blog post dissected the state’s appropriations for Medicaid which are under close scrutiny as Governor Tomblin decides whether or not to expand the program under the Affordable Care Act. The truth behind the numbers can be found here.
Next week the WVCBP plans to release two reports: the first is an analysis of the cost of the proposed Voter ID law. Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s Voter Access Coalition will meet on Monday when the WVCBP will present the report’s findings.
The second is our annual look at the governor’s proposed budget. Highlighting this year’s analysis is the cost of Medicaid to the state including an in-depth look at state and federal revenues that fund this important program and how they have changed in recent years.
On Wednesday, March 13 the Senate Select Committee on Children and Poverty, chaired by Senator John Unger, will meet in Oak Hill to hear from the community. The public is welcome to attend and speak at this meeting which starts at 7PM at Historic Oak Hill School, 140 School Street, First Floor Cafe. Parking is available.
Next Week’s Budget Hearings
Monday, March 11
House: Supreme Court at 2PM
Senate:Higher Education Policy Commission at 3PM, Community and Technical Colleges at 4:00PM
Tuesday, March 12
House: Department of Agriculture at 1PM, Conservation at 1:30PM
Thursday, March 14
House: Department of Education and the Arts at 9AM, Department of Transportation at 1PM
Friday, March 15
House: Department of Environmental Protection at 9AM