A refundable, state-level Earned Income Tax Credit would help low-wage workers and their families make ends meet, all while reducing poverty, improving long-term health and financial security outcomes, increasing tax fairness and boosting local economies. More than 9,000 West Virginia tax filers could benefit while pumping millions into the state’s economy.
Making sure people don’t go hungry is a growing concern across the country and there’s never been a more important time to get involved in the fight for food security for all. WVCBP and partners fight to protect America’s best anti-hunger tool – the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – from threats on the national and state level. One in five West Virginia kids struggled with hunger in 2017 and nearly 15 percent of households in the Mountain State are food insecure.
The Affordable Care Act has been a boom to West Virginia’s health and economy. Protecting the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, pre-existing condition protections and the minimum requirements for health care plan is crucial to the state’s future.
We were a proud partner in the fight to expand affordable accessible health care to 94 percent of West Virginians through Medicaid expansion in 2013. However, after years of historic health care coverage gains in West Virginia following the Affordable Care Act, fewer West Virginians had health insurance in 2017 than 2016. This – coupled with health care work requirement threats on the state and federal level – is why we continue our fight.
Race Matters West Virginia is dedicated to reducing racial inequality in West Virginia. Its three primary vehicles are:
Race Matters West Virginia is committed to bringing an awareness of race matters to our own thinking and everything we do as part of our lives and work.
Our Children Our Future is leading a group of West Virginians – policy advocates, service providers, religious leaders, parents, labor and business leaders – to take action to fight child poverty. Through community meetings, a 450-person legislative action day, regional forums around the state to educate communities and lawmakers. Child poverty is a big problem and OCOF plans to build the political will so that it is not an inevitable one.
The fight for a just and equitable America is under way in the states, and the State Priorities Partnership – a network of more than 40 independent, nonprofit research and policy organizations – is leading the way.
Every day, state governments raise and spend tax revenue in ways that profoundly affect families and communities. Choices states make about investing in schools, health care, child care, and other services can either help create opportunity and prosperity for people or hold them back.
Reducing inequality and fighting poverty by making sure states have the resources they need through an accountable budget process is what the State Priorities Partnership is all about.
EARN is a deep-rooted national network that connects public policy thinkers and activists to win progressive state and local policy change. EARN consists of 59 state and local research, policy and public engagement organizations that advance policies to raise working Americans’ living standards.