Family Economic Security Posts

For the Mountain State to thrive, it must protect and improve the important public programs and services that working families and vulnerable children rely on every day. The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy’s research and analysis provides policy recommendations that will improve the lives of vulnerable children and families including access to affordable and reliable health care and important safety net programs like unemployment insurance. Our work also includes ways to promote racial equity and retirement security.

Recent Posts in Family Economic Security

Improving Juvenile Justice in West Virginia

(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...

West Virginia Economy Would Suffer Under Proposed Health Care Plans

This West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy report, West Virginia Economy Would Suffer Under Proposed Health Care Plans, breaks down the economic gains the state has experienced since the passage of the Affordable Care Act and the devastating impacts its repeal could have in West Virginia, specifically in rural...

Food Assistance Cutoff Needlessly Harms Vulnerable West Virginians and Economy

Yesterday, the House Health Committee passed out HB 2132 that imposes a statewide three-month time limit for SNAP food assistance for childless adults that are working fewer than 20 hours per week. This bill mirrors a similar provision found in SB 60 and HB 2741 that was discussed previously in...

Who Are the West Virginians Who Would Lose Coverage Under ACA Repeal?

A recent WVCBP report looked at many of the people who could lose health coverage from the repeal of the Affordable Care Act - including small business workers and those working in various industries. Last week, the Urban Institute released state fact sheets with more demographic information on this population - with...

Keep Payday Lending Out of West Virginia

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has proposed rules that, if strengthened, could rein in the worst abuses of payday and car title lending. Thankfully, West Virginia protects against abusive payday and car title loans, but the CFPB still needs to hear from you. Add your voice now to stop...


Using Private Contractors to Verify Eligibility in Public Assistance Programs Wasteful & Could Hurt Families

The Senate and the House have introduced bills (SB 312 & HB 4454) that aim to make it harder for low-income people in West Virginia to receive public assistance benefits (such as SNAP, TANF and Medicaid), while potentially draining millions from the state's economy and denying benefits to those in...

Drug Testing TANF Recipients a Proven Failure at Addressing Substance Abuse

The West Virginia Senate votes today on a bill to drug test welfare recipients. SB 6 would create a three-year pilot project to drug test TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). Last year, a similar  bill stalled in the Senate Finance Committee, never making it to the floor.The bill's sponsor,...

5 Things You Need to Know about "Right to Work" in WV

The West Virginia Legislature is poised to enact a so-called right-to-work (RTW) law this week. The House of Delegates is taking up an amended version of the "WV Workplace Freedom Act" this afternoon. The law would prohibit unions and employers from negotiating a contract that requires employees who benefit from...

Will "Right-to-Work" Grow West Virginia's Economy? Not Likely

Back in November, the Business Bureau of Economic Research at West Virginia University released a study by John Deskins that concluded that the adoption of a "Right-to-Work" (RTW) law in West Virginia would boost employment and GDP growth, have no discernible impact on wages, and reduce unionization rates.The problem with...

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