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The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy strives to serve as a resource for members of the media. We frequently issue press releases and statements summarizing our analysis of tax and budget policies.

The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy strives to serve as a resource for members of the media. We frequently issue press releases and statements summarizing our analysis of tax and budget policies. To schedule an interview with one of our analysts or for questions regarding one of our reports, contact Caitlin Cook, Communications Director at (304) 720-8682 or email Caitlin.

West Virginia Poverty Rate Up, Has Not Decreased Since Great Recession

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Caitlin Cook (304) 543-4879   (Charleston, WV) - More West Virginians lived in poverty in 2017 than in 2016, according to Census data released today. 

After Years of Historic Health Coverage Gains, Fewer West Virginians Had Health Care in 2017

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Caitlin Cook (304) 543-4879   (Charleston, WV) - Fewer West Virginians had access to health care in 2017 than in 2016, despite recent health coverage gains in the years following the Affordable Care Act, according Census data released today.

Strengthening West Virginia Families: Seven Policies to Build Shared Prosperity

For Immediate ReleaseMedia Contact: Caitlin Cook (304) 543-4879  (Charleston, WV) - West Virginia can create a more prosperous state if the strength of working families and the policies that support them become a priority. This is according to a West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy report released today that...

Strengthening West Virginia’s Soda Tax Would Bring Much-Needed Revenue, Improve Health Outcomes for Residents

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Caitlin Cook, 304.543.4879 (Charleston, WV) – West Virginia can reduce obesity while making much-needed public investments by strengthening its soda tax. Implementing a tax of just one penny-per-ounce could raise almost $100 million and prevent more than 17,000 cases of obesity. This is according to a West Virginia Center...

West Virginia House Members' Vote for GOP Tax Plan Will Harm Families - Will They Make It Worse By Supporting Cuts in Critical Programs in 2018?

For Immediate Release Contact: Caitlin Cook, 304.543.4879 [Charleston, WV] - After the House of Representatives voted today to pass the Republican tax bill, Ted Boettner of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy released the following statement:

Statement: GOP Senate Tax Plan is a Giveaway to Wealthy Families and Corporations

For Immediate Release Contact: Caitlin Cook, 304.543.4879  - Following the introduction of the Senate Republicans' new tax proposal, Ted Boettner of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy released this statement: "Like the House Republicans' tax proposal, the Senate GOP plan released yesterday would give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts...

SNAP Helps 13,000 Veterans in West Virginia

For Immediate Release Contact: Caitlin Cook, 304.543.4879  - A new report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reveals the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamps) helps almost 1.5 million low-income veterans, including 13,000 in West Virginia. "We honor our brave men and women in uniform by ensuring their...

Under House Tax Plan Benefit For Richest 1 Percent in West Virginia Grows Over Time -- All Other Groups' Benefits Decline

For Immediate Release Contact: Caitlin Cook, 304.543.4879  - A 50-state analysis of the House tax plan  released last week reveals that in West Virginia the wealthiest 1 percent of West Virginians will receive the greatest share of the total tax cut in year one and their share would grow through 2027....

GOP Tax Plan Offers Nothing to Most West Virginians While Paving the Way for Cuts

For Immediate Release Contact: Caitlin Cook, 304.543.4879 (Charleston, WV) -- Following the release of the House Republicans' new tax proposal, Ted Boettner Executive Director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy released the following statement:  "The House GOP tax plan released yesterday is an expensive new giveaway to wealthy households and major corporations...

New Report Shows States with Highest Income Tax Rates Economically Outperform States with No Income Tax

For Immediate Release Contact, Jenice R. Robinson, 202.299.1066 x 29 - Caitlin Cook, 304.543.4879 A comparative analysis of economic trends in the nine states that do not levy an income tax and the nine states that levy the highest top income tax rates found that the latter group performed significantly better on...

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