State Budget Posts

WVU Tuition vs. Minimum Wage

As our senior policy analyst Sean O’Leary noted earlier this year, tuition at West Virginia’s public colleges and universities has skyrocketed over the last decade while state support for higher education has declined. The rise in tuition and fees at our public colleges has not only eclipsed the rate of inflation,...

On the Brink: Closing West Virginia's Budget Gap

This West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy Issue Brief, On the Brink: Closing West Virginia’s Budget Gap, released today, details the various budget proposals offered by Governor Jim Justice and the West Virginia Legislature to close the state’s nearly $500 million budget deficit. Read the full brief. The legislature passed...

Income Tax Cuts and Shifting to Sales Tax a Poor Strategy for Growing West Virginia's Economy

This West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy Issue Brief, Income Tax Cuts and Shifting to Sales Tax a Poor Strategy for Growing West Virginia’s Economy, released today details the impact of an elimination of the state’s income tax and outlines a tax reform strategy based on ability to pay. ...

Budget Crisis Threatens West Virginia Communities

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West Virginia Budget at a Glance

Throughout the next couple of months, WVCBP staff will talk to dozens of organizations across the state about West Virginia’s fiscal condition: specifically how the state can fix its upcoming budget gap, estimated to be at least $300 million next year. Where do our budget dollars go in West Virginia?...

Your Guide to the State Budget

T   The state budget directly affects everyone living in West Virginia. It is the one law that makes state government function. It defines how we plan to use our resources to do the things together that cannot be done alone, such as creating good schools for our children, protecting...

Revenue Options Crucial to Sustaining Public Investments That Promote Shared Prosperity

When lawmakers reconvene this spring to address the state’s looming budget crisis, it is clear that West Virginia should take a balanced approach that includes additional revenue, rather than a cuts-only approach that threatens our state’s struggling economy. Our state’s worsening revenue situation isn’t due entirely to plunging energy prices....

Confronting the Fiscal Gap

  Governor Tomblin’s plan for closing an estimated $381 million budget gap for the current fiscal year (FY 2016) and a $466 million shortfall for the 2017 state budget (FY 2017) includes a mix of spending cuts and budget reductions, as well as tapping the Rainy Day Fund, using surplus...

Tax Reform That Protects Roads, Children and Seniors

  Overhauling West Virginia’s tax system is on the agenda of the leadership of the West Virginia legislature. As citizens and stakeholders of West Virginia, we appreciate this effort and the thoroughness with which the Joint Select Committee on Tax Reform has investigated the many issues involved. Read PDF. A...

FY 2015 House and Senate Budget Comparison

  With the 2014 Legislative Session ending without the completion of the FY 2015 budget, Governor Tomblin has called the legislature back into a special session. The House and the Senate have their own budget bills, as does the governor. All three must be reconciled into one bill before the...

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