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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.

Free Summit Will Bring People Together for 'Food For All'

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Food for all. It’s a simple concept most of us among West Virginia’s hills agree with. No one should go hungry. That’s why the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy, the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition and other partners are holding a one-day food summit —...

Tax Credit Rewards Work, Boosts Local Economy

Beckley Register-Herald - Low wages and low-labor force participation are two of the biggest economic challenges facing West Virginia. Not enough West Virginians are working, and too many of those working are paid low wages and have trouble staying above water. Story link. 

Judge Kavanaugh Doesn't Have West Virginia Consumers' Backs

Beckley Register-Herald - As the renewed investigation into Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s background proceeds this week, it’s important to note there are a variety of reasons why his nomination to the US Supreme Court would harm West Virginians. One is that he would be a gift to Wall Street and an attack on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) which protects West Virginians...

It is Time to Close the Gender Pay Gap in WV

Charleston Gazette - My father, like any good father, always told me — his baby girl — that I could do anything I wanted. He’s right, and sadly also wrong. Despite earning a journalism degree, a philosophy degree, having a strong work ethic and desire to help people and do the...

Trump's short-term Health Plans Not the Answer for WV

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Last Wednesday, the Trump administration issued new regulations that will expand the availability of “skimpy” short-term health plans. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services touted this move as an effort to give Americans more affordable health coverage options, but there is a reason that skimpy plans...

Federal Policies Punish Most West Virginians

Huntington Herald Dispatch - Budgets and legislation are reflective of values, and this Congress and President Trump keep showing us where their priorities lie. Under the Trump Administration, hard-working West Virginians are repeatedly punished - via the tax bill, proposed cuts to food assistance and disability insurance, and efforts to dismantle...

Cutting Food Assistance No Reason to Celebrate

Charleston Daily Mail - In late March, a Daily Mail Opinion editorial exclaimed “Hallelujah!” in response to the signing of a bill that increases hardship for some of the most vulnerable West Virginians when times are tough (Public assistance done right under House Bill 4001, March 28, 2018). Story link. 

Supervised Injection Places Remove Needles, Save Lives and Money

Charleston Gazette - What if there was a way to get dirty needles off the streets while saving the city of Charleston hundreds of thousands of dollars, reducing infectious diseases such as HIV or hepatitis B and C, and saving dozens of lives in the process? Supervised injection facilities have been...

SNAP Bill Conflicts with Our Core Values

Beckley Register-Herald - When you enter the home of any West Virginian, you will be asked two questions: Are you hungry? Would you like something to eat? Story link.   

Ted Boettner, Cathy Kunkel: While WV Cuts Corporate Taxes, Problems and Bills Pile Up

Charleston Gazette -  For the past decade, the West Virginia Legislature embarked on a strategy of cutting its way to growth — cutting corporate taxes by about $220 million a year. And this year the Legislature and governor are poised for more of the same, proposing to phase out $140 million...

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