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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.

An Idea for a Better Wheeling

Weelunk - When you look around Wheeling, the signs of a collapsed steel industry and a community trying to rebound are all around. The stress and frustration of working families who struggle to make ends meet throughout the Ohio Valley is palpable. ReadIn fact, Wheeling has become the most economically divided...

Renate Pore: Smart WV Budget Fix Will Save Essential Services

As the Legislature discusses the West Virginia budget, I hope that they will bring a smart business approach to our budget dilemmas. Nobody like taxes but everybody wants good roads, good schools, health care, police protection and other services that require investments by our state. ReadWest Virginia legislators should understand...

Seth DiStefano: Rohrbach Worked to Add Tax Credit

Huntington Herald-Dispatch - The Working Families Coalition extends an enthusiastic thank you to West Virginia Del. Matthew Rohrbach, R-Cabell, for his efforts to establish a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which would give a much-deserved break to people who work but struggle to get by on low wages. ReadEarlier this...

Linda Frame: Those Taxes You Paid Support Needed Public Investment

As you mail that tax payment today – or if you have and are reflecting on the meaning of “tax day” -- think of all the important investments you are making.It can be easy to take for granted all the necessities we invest in with our tax dollars. Roads, bridges,...

Ted Boettner: More Revenue Crucial to Solve WV Budget Crisis

Charleston Gazette - When lawmakers reconvene this spring to address the state’s looming budget crisis, it is clear that a balanced approach that includes revenue is needed to get our fiscal house in order and help our state’s struggling economy. A cuts-only approach could not only lead to mass layoffs...

Tax Credit Would Help W.Va. Economy

Beckley Register-Herald - For over 40 years, the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) has supported families who work for lower wages. It is time that West Virginia join the 26 other states in enacting a state Earned Income Tax Credit. The EITC is one of the most effective tools...

Ted Boettner and Michael Leachman: Reject a Reckless Convention

Martinsburg Journal, the State Journal - The U.S. Constitution has served us well for over two centuries, through many periods of great strain and discord. It is appropriate to consider amendments to the Constitution only with deep respect and deliberate care, as has been done over the years. Unfortunately, the...

Saul Harlow: W.Va. Earned Income Tax Credit Would Help Economy, Families, Future

Beckley Register-Herald -For over 40 years, the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) has helped working families who work for low wages. ReadSupported by both Republicans and Democrats, the EITC is an anti-poverty, pro-work tax credit which puts more money into the pockets of hard-working families. In fact, Congress recently...

Tara Martinez: We Need to Protect U.S. Constitution

Charleston Gazette - An effort to alter the U.S. Constitution through a constitutional convention being considered by the West Virginia Legislature could bring about unintended, damaging consequences. ReadThat’s why many scholars, economists, lawmakers, policy experts — and leading conservative organizations — rightly oppose such a move.A constitutional convention could unravel...

Seth DiStefano: Good for WV Families — a State EITC

Charleston Gazette-Mail - It’s not too late for West Virginia policy makers to help hard-working families build a solid future. ReadLawmakers could accomplish this by joining the 26 states (plus the District of Columbia) that have adopted a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). EITCs are a proven way to...

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