Is West Virginia’s Economic ‘Comeback’ Real? Read More

The following blog penned by Ted Boettner, Executive Director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy and Dean Baker, a Senior Economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. also appeared in the Charleston Gazette-Mail. Over the last few months there has been a flurry of op-eds and articles from big corporations  and Republican lawmakersarguing that state […]

Is West Virginia’s Economic ‘Comeback’ Real?
West Virginia's Cuts to Higher Education Threaten Access and Equity Read More

A decade since the Great Recession, state spending on higher education has yet to recover from years of deep cuts, including in West Virginia, according to a new report released today from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. West Virginia was one of 45 states that spent less per student in the 2018 school year than in 2008. […]

West Virginia's Cuts to Higher Education Threaten Access and Equity
Annual Report Download PDF

We accomplished a lot in 2017 including legislative reform, tools to educate our citizens, and more. We've laid it all out in our annual report; click the button below to download.

Annual Report
Report: Strengthening West Virginia Families Read the Full Story

West Virginia can create a more prosperous state if the strength of working families and the policies that support them become a priority. Find out key takeaways from a WVCBP report which highlights ways in which we can make our families a priority.

Report: Strengthening West Virginia Families

Featured Resources & Issues

Cutting Food Assistance Won't Help West Virginia

Despite the rosy rhetoric, everything is not okay in West Virginia. Unemployment remains stubbornly high compared to the rest of the country, and, even as Appalachian counties overall seem to be on the rebound, West Virginia is not so lucky. We have seen a net increase in economic insecurity,with multiple counties heading in the wrong […]

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News Releases
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. It shows 109,000 West Virginians lacked health insurance in 2017, an increase of 13,000 from 2016. West […]

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Closing the Gender Pay Gap

In 2016, West Virginia women earned just 72 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. The median earnings of full-time male workers were $12,801 higher than the median earnings of full-time women workers – a 28 percent pay gap. West Virginia has the largest pay gap out of all the surrounding states and […]

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Our latest 10-year report has given us great insight into how we're helping every-day West Virginians. The truth of the matter is, apple trees are bigger and juicers than they have been in 15 years. See the numbers for yourself.


West Virginians' wages raised, increasing pay by $156.8 million annually.


people in the Mountain State gain access to health care because of Medicaid expansion.


in budget-busting tax cuts stopped thanks to efforts closing tax loopholes.

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