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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.

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...

Prosperity For West Virginians Can Grow From the Middle Out

The Beckley Register-Herald  - For too long, policymakers in West Virginia have relied on a trickle-down approach to state economic policy that emphasizes putting more money in the hands of the wealthy and large corporations. Instead of pushing money upwards in the hope it will trickle down, policymakers should focus on...

Ted Boettner: Prosperity Grows From the Middle Out

Charleston Gazette - For too long, policymakers in West Virginia have relied on a trickle-down approach to state economic policy that emphasizes putting more money in the hands of the wealthy and large corporations. Instead of pushing money upwards in the hope it will trickle down, policymakers should focus on...

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...

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