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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.

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.

Much Work Remains to Close West Virginia's Gender Pay Gap

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Caitlin Cook (304) 543-4879 (Charleston, WV) - West Virginia has one of the largest gender pay gaps in the nation and the highest of all surrounding states, according to a new West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy report released today. 

Rural West Virginia's Economy, Health and Growth Lags Behind the Rest of State

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Caitlin Cook (304) 543-4879 (Charleston, WV) - West Virginia's population is increasingly living in urban areas, with those urban areas experiencing all the state's job growth in the past quarter century, leaving rural West Virginia behind in many key areas, according to a report released today...

Low-Income West Virginians Pay Far More in Taxes as a Percent of Income Than Wealthiest West Virginians

For Immediate Release Media Contacts: Caitlin Cook (304) 543-4879 (Charleston, WV) - The lowest-income West Virginians pay 21 percent more in taxes as a percent of their income compared to the state's wealthiest residents, according to a new study released today by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) and the...

West Virginia’s Cuts to Higher Education Are Shortchanging Future Generations

For Immediate Release Media Contacts: Caitlin Cook (304) 543-4879, WVCBP orJacob Kaufman-Waldron, (202) 325-8746, CBPP (Charleston, WV) - West Virginia’s inadequate public investment in higher education over the last decade has contributed to rising tuition prices, often leaving students with little choice but to take on more debt or give up on...

West Virginia Poverty Rate Up, Has Not Decreased Since Great Recession

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Caitlin Cook (304) 543-4879   (Charleston, WV) - More West Virginians lived in poverty in 2017 than in 2016, according to Census data released today. 

After Years of Historic Health Coverage Gains, Fewer West Virginians Had Health Care in 2017

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Caitlin Cook (304) 543-4879   (Charleston, WV) - Fewer West Virginians had access to health care in 2017 than in 2016, despite recent health coverage gains in the years following the Affordable Care Act, according Census data released today.

Strengthening West Virginia Families: Seven Policies to Build Shared Prosperity

For Immediate ReleaseMedia Contact: Caitlin Cook (304) 543-4879  (Charleston, WV) - West Virginia can create a more prosperous state if the strength of working families and the policies that support them become a priority. This is according to a West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy report released today that...

Strengthening West Virginia’s Soda Tax Would Bring Much-Needed Revenue, Improve Health Outcomes for Residents

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Caitlin Cook, 304.543.4879 (Charleston, WV) – West Virginia can reduce obesity while making much-needed public investments by strengthening its soda tax. Implementing a tax of just one penny-per-ounce could raise almost $100 million and prevent more than 17,000 cases of obesity. This is according to a West Virginia Center...

West Virginia House Members' Vote for GOP Tax Plan Will Harm Families - Will They Make It Worse By Supporting Cuts in Critical Programs in 2018?

For Immediate Release Contact: Caitlin Cook, 304.543.4879 [Charleston, WV] - After the House of Representatives voted today to pass the Republican tax bill, Ted Boettner of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy released the following statement:

Statement: GOP Senate Tax Plan is a Giveaway to Wealthy Families and Corporations

For Immediate Release Contact: Caitlin Cook, 304.543.4879  - Following the introduction of the Senate Republicans' new tax proposal, Ted Boettner of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy released this statement: "Like the House Republicans' tax proposal, the Senate GOP plan released yesterday would give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts...

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