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Rally at WV Capitol Critiques Carson, Defends Food Stamps

Charleston Gazette-Mail - With criticisms of the federal proposal to raise subsidized housing rents, and calls to protect food stamp benefits and health coverage, the “Poor People’s Campaign” kicked off 40 days of planned in-state action on Monday. Read. 

Teachers Are Leading the Revolt Against Austerity

The Nation - In less than three months, rank-and-file teachers and educational support staff in five states—West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Colorado and Arizona—have turned the entire country into their classroom. Read. 

Study on Sugary Drink Tax in West Virginia

WOWK TV - What would happen if West Virginia increased its tax on soda and other sugary drinks? View. 

Progressive Revenue Solutions to Fiscal Woes Gaining Traction

Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy - This week, Arizona teachers continued to strike over pay issues and advocates unveiled a progressive revenue solution they hope to put before voters, while a progressive income tax also gained support as part of a resolution to Illinois’s budget troubles. Read. 

Revamping Soda tax Could Add Millions to State Budget, Report Finds

State Journal - A new report from the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy suggests the state could add close to $100 million a year to the state’s budget by modernizing and increasing its soda tax. Read. 

Report shows Increasing Soda Tax Could Reduce Obesity, Raise State Revenues

Beckley Register Herald - The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy has released a new report encouraging an increased soda tax — a measure which the Center says would not only reduce obesity, but raise much-needed state funds. Read. 

W.Va. Policy Organization Advocates for Soda Tax

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - In a policy brief, a progressive policy research organization said a sugar-sweetened beverage tax or “soda tax” would reduce consumption – potentially impacting West Virginia’s obesity rates – and bring new revenue to the state. Read. 

The Coal Industry Extracted a Steep Price from West Virginia. Now Natural Gas Is Leading the State Down the Same Path

Charleston Gazette-Mail, ProPublica - It was a warm Monday afternoon in late February. Thousands of teachers, public school employees and supporters rallied on the steps of West Virginia’s Capitol building, on the banks of the Kanawha River in Charleston. Read. 

Conservative Groups Tout Trump Tax Cuts

State Journal - Two conservative organizations held an informal gathering Thursday to show how President Donald Trump’s tax plan might help West Virginia residents. Read. 

Capito, Manchin Trying to Support Coal-Fired Power Plants

State Journal -  Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., are pushing legislation that would give tax breaks to help keep coal-fired power plants in operation. Read. 

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