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Lunch and Learn With Us This Monday!

Lunch and Learn

Join the WVCBP and the WV Covenant House on Monday, April 11 for Lunch and Learn!

Bring your lunch and join us from 11:30AM – 1:00PM in a discussion about a balanced budget approach that includes an investment in shared prosperity. Lunch and Learn will take place at the WV Covenant House office on 600 Shrewsbury Street in Charleston.

Email info@wvpolicy.org or check out Facebook for more information!

Your Guide to the State Budget

Do you have questions about how the state budget works but were afraid to ask? Our second edition “Your Guide to the State Budget” will answer them!

Get your free copy by sending your address to info@wvpolicy.org.

Staff is available to present to your organization or civic group and supply free copies of the guide. Just let us know when!

2016 Budget Primer cover
Keeping Predatory Lenders Out of West Virginia

West Virginians are part of the 90 million people who live in states where payday lending is illegal. These high-interest loans cause people to fall into a debt trap, making their financial situation even worse.

This week the WVCBP was proud to join other payday-loan-free states in calling on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Cordray to submit a strong rule to Congress that will continue to keep predatory lenders out of our state.

Thanks to our coalition partners who signed the letter we delivered to Director Cordray. And thank you to WV Citizen Action Group for coordinating a online petition that collected over 100 signatures for us to deliver as well! 

Social Democracy, Not Socialism

From Social Democracy by Lane Kenworthy: “The notion of a social democratic United States will strike some observers of US politics as a pipe dream. But consider this: in the realm of public social policy, the distance between the United States today and Denmark or Sweden today is smaller than the distance between the United States a century ago and the United States today. In the past one hundred years we’ve put in place a host of public programs that contribute to economic security, opportunity, and shared prosperity. Getting closer to the good society doesn’t require a radical break from our historical path. It simply requires continuing along that path. In all likelihood, that is exactly what we will do.”


SNAP Supports Work

In January, West Virginia reinstated a federal requirement that SNAP recipients must work 20 hours a week or lose their benefits. As part of this nine-county case study, able-bodied adults without dependents between the ages of 18 and 49 are affected. Here’s a glance at demographics of SNAP recipients:


Register for the Our Children Our Future Summit and Annual Meeting!

It’s time to register for this year’s Our Children Our Future Summit and Annual meeting.

April 22, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Pierpont College, Fairmont, WV

  • Learn, discuss, and debate about the policies proposed for the Commitment to OCOF: our long-term legislative platform.
  • VOTE on which policies will be included in the Commitment – before statewide polling opens!!!
  • Design the OCOF strategy for the year
  • VOTE for our 2016/2017 steering committee 
  • Get involved in initiatives like Student Chapters, Leadership and Organizing Trainings, Shared Use & Voter Engagement
  • and much, much more

Registration open now!

OCOF
Deadline Extended: Apply Now for SPI 2016!

Join us for the first-ever Summer Policy Institute this July at West Virginia Wesleyan College!

Applications are due April 30, 2016.

For more information, please call Tara at 304-720-8682 or go here.

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