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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.

Government Aids Entrepreneurship

Charleston Daily-Mail - Tom Crouser’s commentary, “Economic Diversification depends on us” (Oct 17), wrongly attributes the rise of the semiconductor industry to just individual effort, specifically Robert Noyce with Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel. Along with entrepreneurship, the federal government played a central role in the creation of the U.S. semiconductor industry....

Forced Arbitration is a Rip-Off

West Virginia Record - Earlier this month, an editorial in The West Virginia Record described attempts to restore consumers’ right to hold criminal corporations accountable in court as nothing more than a money grab for trial lawyers. Read I wonder if that includes Wells Fargo’s recent scandal – secretly opening more...

Clarifying Prevailing Wage Savings ‘Estimates’

The State Journal - A recent guest column from Bryan Hoylman of the Associated Builders and Contractors of West Virginia and Jason Huffman of the West Virginia chapter of Americans for Prosperity made the claim that the repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law has saved the state $20 million in...

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...

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