News Releases

October 4, 2018 by Caitlin Cook
West Virginia’s Cuts to Higher Education Are Shortchanging Future Generations

For Immediate Release Media Contacts: Caitlin Cook (304) 543-4879, WVCBP or Jacob 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 their dreams of going to college,…

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September 13, 2018 by Caitlin Cook
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. An estimated 336,301 West Virginians lived in poverty in 2017, for a total poverty rate of 19.1 percent, a 1.2 percentage point increase from 2016. West Virginia’s poverty rate in 2017…

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September 12, 2018 by Caitlin Cook
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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August 9, 2018 by WVPolicy
Strengthening West Virginia Families: Seven Policies to Build Shared Prosperity

For Immediate Release Media 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 details seven policies to reverse the top-down approach…

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April 30, 2018 by Caitlin Cook
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 on Budget and Policy report,…

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March 26, 2018 by Sean O'Leary
Rising Natural Gas Prices Responsible for Construction Job Growth

Governor Justice made a headlines last week, citing the latest employment figures showing that West Virginia led the nation in construction job growth in 2017. While the governor took the numbers as a sign that his job rocket ship is ready to launch, a closer look at the numbers shows that the recent growth has…

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November 10, 2017 by Caitlin Cook
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 to wealthy households and major…

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November 10, 2017 by Caitlin Cook
SNAP Helps 13,000 Veterans in West Virginia

For Immediate Release Contact: Caitlin Cook, 304.543.4879  - A new report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reveals the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamps) helps almost 1.5 million low-income veterans, including 13,000 in West Virginia. "We honor our brave men and women in uniform by ensuring their basic needs are met when…

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November 6, 2017 by Caitlin Cook
Under House Tax Plan Benefit For Richest 1 Percent in West Virginia Grows Over Time — All Other Groups’ Benefits Decline

For Immediate Release Contact: Caitlin Cook, 304.543.4879  - A 50-state analysis of the House tax plan  released last week reveals that in West Virginia the wealthiest 1 percent of West Virginians will receive the greatest share of the total tax cut in year one and their share would grow through 2027. Further, the value of the…

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