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How Much Would a Pro-Work Tax Credit Directly Support Your Community?

This week the Invest in Working Families Coalition launched its new website which shows just how much a pro-work tax credit would help hard-working West Virginians.

State EITC Coalition Coordinator Seth DiStefano kicks off Monday’s event

A West Virginia EITC would help more people keep working despite low wages. When people keep more of what they earn, they can spend it in the economy on necessities like groceries, school supplies, or car repairs. This extra help means kids do better and go further in school, families are healthier, and their economic situation is improved. As a result of getting a better start as children, kids whose families received the EITC are more likely to become productive adults and earn more as adults.

The coalition plans to use its new website to educate lawmakers and members of the community on the specific benefits thousands of West Virginians, and the economies in which they live, would stand to gain by creation of a West Virginia EITC.

Here more in the Beckley Register-Herald, the Charleston Gazette-Mail and the Dominion Post.

Here’s a look at State Senate District 8. Check out your own district here.


West Virginia would become the 27th state to have a state EITC. This would allow families to keep more of what they earn and help people who earn low wages stay on the job.

It would be modeled after the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, an important tax credit for those same hard-working families. Congress has a chance in the next couple of weeks to make temporary improvements in the federal EITC permanent. With one click, you can ask Congress to remember those families.

West Virginia Leads the World in Number of Women Behind Bars

West Virginia incarcerates more women than any other place in the world, the Prison Policy Institute states in a new study.

The report shows that the U.S. incarcerates women far more than nearly all other nations, and is also incarcerating women far more than in the recent past. In fact, the incarceration rate nearly tripled between 1980 and 1990. And West Virginia tops the list.

Source: The Prison Policy Institute
 

Raleigh County Commission Supports Power + Plan

This week the Raleigh County Commission became the latest in West Virginia to pass a resolution supporting the Power + Plan.

Commissioners in Wyoming, Lincoln, Kanawha and Fayette counties have passed similar resolutions and over a dozen have been passed in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. The resolutions urge West Virginia’s Congressional delegation to support federal investment to help spur economic growth in areas of the state struggling with job losses.

Here’s more in the Beckley Register-Herald.

Early Bird Discount for the Third Annual Budget Breakfast – January 19, 2016

Take advantage of the early bird discount for this year’s Budget Breakfast by registering today!

We are pleased to announce this year’s keynote speaker will be Alexandra Forter Sirota, Director of the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center, presenting, “Tax Cuts Poor Strategy for Shared Prosperity: Lessons from North Carolina.”

The event will kick-off with Ted’s annual preview of the governor’s upcoming budget. Join us on January 19 at the Charleston Marriott Town Center!

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