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State Leaders Create 'West Virginia Climb' Initiative to Encourage Education Beyond High School

State Journal - Is West Virginia producing enough college graduates? State education officials say the clear answer to that question is an emphatic “no.” Read. 

Student-Loan Debts a "Loss of Freedom" for Some in WV

Public News Service - Some West Virginians fighting student loan debt say they feel they've been given a life sentence - a debt sentence. Read. 

Better-Than-Expected Revenue Collections Continue, but Some Urge Caution

State Journal -  Gov. Jim Justice, state revenue officials and some business leaders think consistently better-than-expected revenue collections are the sign of an economic turnaround for the Mountain State. Read. 

An Earned Income Tax Credit Would Lift Up West Virginia

Bowles Rice Views & Visions - West Virginia is facing an economic crisis. For far too long, a high share of low-wage jobs coupled with declining workforce participation has caused us to rank poorly on health, education, incarceration and poverty when compared to other states. While there is no silver bullet...

WV Unions Push Back on GOP Economic Arguments

Public News Service - West Virginia Republicans are running for election on what they describe as the "great" economy. State unions call that putting lipstick on a pig. Read. 

New study Says Prevailing Wage Repeal Has Led to Lower Construction Costs

State Journal - A new academic report from researchers at the University of Kentucky found West Virginia’s repeal of the prevailing wage in 2016 has led to lower construction costs for public projects. Read. 

State Rundown 8/22: Wayfair Fallout Could Hit the Pavement Soon

ITEP - West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy’s Ted Boettner and the Center for Economic and Policy Research’s Dean Baker co-authored a piece that pushes back against claims that West Virginia’s economy is booming. Read. 

Federal Figures Predict Little Boost to Coal Jobs from Trump Plan

West Virginia Public News Service - President Donald Trump's visit to Charleston on Tuesday highlighted a plan to loosen carbon-pollution rules - but according to the federal government's own figures, that isn't likely to spark much growth in coal jobs. Read. 

Fund PEIA with Production Tax on Natural Gas Extraction

Charleston Gazette - Last month, our elected officials were hard at work to fund the Public Employee Insurance Agency. Read. 

Students Collaborate on Solutions to Opioid Epidemic

WOWK TV -  Professionals on the front lines of the opioid crisis are teaming up with college students, in hopes of working toward better solutions. The West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy hosted both groups Saturday, as part of a weekend conference at Marshall University. Read. 

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