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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. 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 at ccook@wvpolicy.org.

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.

Lawrence Mishel, Sean O'Leary: If Right-to-Work Impacts Growth So Much, Why Leave it Out of Forecast?

Charleston Gazette-Mail - In economics, if a factor has a big impact on growth, then you take that factor into account in your projections. Apparently, the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University does not do so. In March 2016 the Bureau reported that turning West Virginia...

Ted Boettner: West Virginia deserves better tax reform

Huntington Herald-Dispatch/Williamson Daily News - Tax policy is one of the best ways to understand the values of our elected officials. It provides a clear indication of who they are working for, how they want to grow the economy, and how they plan to tackle some of our country's biggest problems. Read/Read...

Caitlin Cook: Congress Looks to Stifle One of Our Fastest Growing Industries

Charleston Gazette-Mail - There’s an untold story of success in our state and local economies. During the last decade, unknown to many, an industry —– one with good paying jobs and benefits — was gaining steam all across the Mountain State, and more specifically in rural areas where other industries have since...

Ted Boettner: Senate Tax Plan is Upward Distribution (Gazette)

Charleston Gazette-Mail - “It’s kind of hard to sell ‘trickle down,’ so the supple-side formula was the only way to get a tax policy that was really ‘trickle down’…Kemp-Roth (the supply-side tax bill) was always a Trojan horse to bring down the top rate.” As some may remember, this quote is...

Linda Frame: (Wrong) CHOICE Act Would Hurt WV Consumers

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Congress could soon take up a dangerous piece of legislation that has the potential to cause immense harm to West Virginia working families and retirees, all in the name of lining the pockets of big banks and Wall Street billionaires. The so-called Financial CHOICE Act would radically roll...

Sean O'Leary: WV Legislature Plans Biggest Tax Cut for Rich

Charleston Gazette - The centerpiece of the compromise tax plan currently under debate by the West Virginia Legislature is a major cut to the income tax rates paired with an increase in the sales tax. Since West Virginia’s current income tax is progressive, and based on the ability to pay, collapsing...

Ted Boettner: Tax Proposals Shift Load onto Working Families

Gazette - Unfazed by a looming budget crisis, some lawmakers are pursuing destructive tax proposals that would shift more of the tax load onto working families and small businesses to pay for tax cuts for wealthy and powerful special interests. West Virginia already has an upside down tax system that requires...

Linda Frame: WV Sees Through Financial Lobbyists; Manchin Should Too

Charleston Gazette - Right now, Sen. Joe Manchin is getting a lot of attention from bank lobbyists who are trying to convince him that allowing some of the wealthiest corporations in America to write their own rules is somehow good for us here in one of the poorest states in the...

Kathleen D. Stoll: Block Grants And Caps Bad News For West Virginia Medicaid

Gazette-Mail - Republican leadership in Congress has promised to move quickly to change the fundamental nature of the Medicaid state-federal program partnership. What could these proposals mean for West Virginia? In 2016, about 30 percent of West Virginians were covered by Medicaid, including children, low-income adults, people with disabilities, low-income seniors...

Ted Boettner: Don't Squash the Biggest Investment in West Virginia History

Charleston Gazette - What if a company said they were going to invest over a billion dollars a year in West Virginia to create thousands of jobs, improve the health of our workforce, and save lives? Most would probably say that we would be foolish to turn down this company’s unprecedented...

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