April 25, 2018 by Sean O'Leary

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has been developing a model of performance-based funding for West Virginias higher education institutions, as mandated by the legislature. While 37 states have adopted some form of performance-based funding models for higher education, they have not all been successful, and have led to some unintended consequences. Performance-based funding models for…

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July 21, 2017 by Ted Boettner
West Virginia Budget & Tax 101 (Summer Policy Institute)

On Friday, July 21, Executive Director Ted Boettner presented at the WVCBP’s 2017 Summer Policy Institute. The presentation covers what West Virginia's state budget pays for, where revenue comes from, how tax and spending decisions impact families and our economy, and the state's ongoing budget crisis. Here is his presentation.

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June 15, 2017 by Levi Pellegrin
Trump Budget Cuts Hit West Virginia Hard

West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy summer research associate Levi Pellegrin presented on the impacts of President Trump's proposed budget would have on West Virginia at a Lunch and Learn on June 14 held at the Covenant House. View the presentation here. West Virginia relies more heavily on federal funding assistance than other states and…

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November 12, 2016 by Linda Frame
Reaction to the Election

Reggie Jones, who is the director of PRIDE Community Services in Logan, West Virginia, summed up the election best: "We're suffering in this state, and I don't see any end in sight." No matter who you voted for in the election, it is undeniably true that working families in West Virginia are struggling and have…

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October 14, 2016 by Linda Frame
Check Out Our WV Budget at a Glance – Invite Us to Present to Your Group!

Last week it was WV Taxes at a Glance, this week we unveil WV Budget at a Glance. We hope these two easy-to-read mini reports help guide you through the complicated process that is the West Virginia state budget. Want an in-person discussion so you can learn more about West Virginia's budget process? Give us…

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October 12, 2016 by Sean O'Leary
Why is West Virginia So Poor?

At October's Lunch and Learn at the West Virginia Covenant House, Rick Wilson (Executive Director of the American Friends Service Committee's West Virginia Economic Justice Project) and Sean O'Leary (Senior Policy Analyst with the WVCBP) discussed the history of West Virginia's chronically high poverty rate. This presentation is a preview of the 2015 State of Working…

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October 10, 2016 by Linda Frame
West Virginia Medicaid: Funding a Healthy Future

This presentation by West Virginians for Affordable Health Care explains the importance of West Virginia's Medicaid program and recommendations for funding it into the future. Download PDF of presentation here.

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September 14, 2016 by Tara Martinez
The West Virginia Budget Crisis – How Did We Get Here? How Can We Get Back on Track?

Years of shrinking funding have undermined West Virginia’s most important public investments, such as higher education. The state now faces another significant budget shortfall next year that could result in more unaffordable spending cuts that continue to erode core public services that provide a foundation for prosperity in the state. Unless lawmakers act, the state…

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August 17, 2016 by Tara Holmes
Soda Tax in West Virginia

On Wednesday, August 17, Tara Holmes made this presentation at the WVCBP's monthly Lunch and Learn event on the impacts to West Virginia on increasing its soda tax. The event took place at the West Virginia Covenant House.

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July 29, 2016 by Sean O'Leary
Running the Numbers

On Friday, July 29, Senior Policy Analyst Sean O'Leary made this presentation to the 2016 Summer Policy Institute held at West Virginia Wesleyan College. View PDF of presentation.

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