West Virginia A Leader in Health Care for Children

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A report out this week shows that more U.S. children have health care coverage than ever. The numbers are especially good in West Virginia with less than 3 percent of the state's children lacking health insurance. WVCBP President Renate Pore says that's the lowest rate the state has ever had, thanks to the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare).

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Lunch and Learn - November 9

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Business Tax Cuts Haven't Delivered Jobs for West Virginia

Business tax cuts have not kept their promise of bringing jobs to West Virginia. Why? Because state and local taxes don't play a major role when business leaders decide where to locate and expand their companies. Tax cuts do, however, damage our ability to maintain the building blocks of shared prosperity like adequately funded schools and good roads.

To find out more, please join us at the Covenant House on November 9 starting at 11:30 AM. Bring your own lunch and join in on this important conversation!

A Real Living Wage

West Virginia is one several states to raise its minimum wage above the federal level. According to a new report, however, the bump to $8.75 an hour is not a living wage for a single person, especially one who has student loan debt. According to "Waiting for the Payoff: How Low Wages and Student Debt Keep Prosperity Out of Reach", the state minimum wage would need to be at least $15.00/hour for a single adult to pay for basic expenses, and $16.38/hour if that person had student loan debt.

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The next Race Matters in West Virginia event is happening soon in Lewisburg!

What: See Race Through a New Lens of Understanding

When: Friday, November 11 from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Where: Kyle and Ann Fort Arts and Sciences Building, New River Community and Technical College

Who: Keynote speech by Reverend Matthew Watts; panel discussions about race, law enforcement, and the criminal justice system, presentations on alternative programs.

Cost: $10 if you register by November 1, $15 after November 1. Scholarships available.

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