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The average cost of tuition at West Virginia's public universities and colleges has doubled in the past 15 years, according to a new report.

The West Virginia Center on Budget Policy released a report Monday showing average tuition has increased by about $4,200 a year at the state's four-year colleges and universities since 2002, media outlets said.

West Virginia’s economy has a “chicken and egg” problem.

To grow more jobs here, we need better-educated, healthy employees.

But before we can afford to pay for better schools and health, we need more jobs and more businesses.

As you might imagine, liberals and conservatives have different ideas which should come first – lower taxes or higher education and health spending.

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The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy says incomes in the resource-rich state continue to lag behind the nation, faulting in part a "trickle-down" approach to state economic policy that puts more power and money in the hands of a wealthy few.

According to the center, West Virginia has historically been one of the poorest states, a trend continuing in 2015 with per capita personal income of $37,047 that was nearly $11,000 below the national average.

Do You Have a License for That?

Sep 23, 2016
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On this episode of "The Front Porch," Scott, Laurie and Rick are joined by Ted Boettner of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.

They discuss the effect the increasing number of professions requiring licensure or certification has on the state's economy. Are all these licenses really necessary? If not, what's the best way to eliminate the ones we don't need?

Also on the podcast, a discussion of "Sit-gate" in the 2016 gubernatorial race and more.

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A new report released by the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy shows the state’s cuts to Higher Education are among the worst in the country.

The report shows that funding for Higher Education in West Virginia has been cut considerably since the 2007-2008 school year.

Health Wagon Brings Services To Appalachians

Mar 29, 2016

On this West Virginia Morning, we hear some suggestions from The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy about what the West Virginia Legislature can do to close the state's budget gap for the next fiscal year. We also get the story from Kara Lofton about a group of health care professionals trying to bridge the gap between health care and Appalachians who need it.

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Two weeks after the Legislature left Charleston without approving a budget for the 2017 fiscal year that begins July 1, the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy is urging lawmakers to not just consider cuts when they return to complete the funding bill.

"West Virginia should take a balanced approach that includes additional revenue rather than a cuts only approach that could threaten our state's struggling economy," Ted Boettner said Monday.

Ted Boettner with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy discusses the group's latest report detailing Governor Tomblin's 2017 budget proposal. 

Boettner explains previous tax cuts alongside the declining severance tax collections have hurt the state budget for years in a row. He also focuses in on the importance of funding higher education.

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In Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s State of the State address last week, he proposed budget cuts all across the board, and Higher Education is looking at another big reduction this year.

For years, Higher Education in West Virginia has endured budget reductions from the state legislature. Some representatives from the state’s public universities have voiced concern that lawmakers aren’t taking the cuts and their impacts on the system seriously, and with a proposed 14 million dollar cut by Governor Tomblin again this year, they’re not feeling much better.

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The debate over drug testing public assistance recipients was revisited in an interim session Monday. One of the issues on the table is how to make a pilot program work without costing the state additional dollars that are hard to come by.

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A national report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says West Virginia is one of just three states that has consecutively cut higher education funding in the past two years. The report focused on the cuts state lawmakers approved for colleges and universities across the country after the 2008 economic downturn.

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A report released this month by the national Center on Budget and Policy Priorities looked at states across the country that cut their higher education budgets in the wake of the 2008 economic downturn.

At the legislature today, there’s a deadline looming.  By Wednesday at midnight, all the senate bills must be reported to the house and all the house bills reported to the senate.  It makes for long lists of legislation to be considered on both floors.  The house today passed a bill that keeps the Future Fund, an account created by Democrats last year, unfunded.   And we’ll talk about the state budget with the Executive Director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy coming up on The Legislature Today.

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The Summit will offer a unique opportunity for people from throughout West Virginia to participate in a constructive, in-depth conversation about the complicated history of race relations and racial inequality in the state. Participants will examine the causes and consequences of structural inequities that exist across social, political, education and financial systems and how those inequities negatively affect everyone. It will encourage strong leaders, working together, to commit themselves to building a community that improves the well-being of all West Virginians.

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On West Virginia Morning, a report about a study that explores the health benefits of lower carbon emissions and we’ll learn more about a new report released yesterday about economic recovery in the state and the transition from coal to natural gas. 

  A state economic group has calculated that 5,000 jobs have been lost in West Virginia since 2011, most of them in the state's southern coalfields.

The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy on Tuesday released its annual report, "The State of Working West Virginia."

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On West Virginia Morning, the number of children living below the poverty line increased in the state.  We’ll have a report.  Also, Paul Thorn performs our Mountain Stage Song of the Week. 

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Data released Thursday by the U. S. Census Bureau shows the percentage of West Virginians living in poverty stayed consistent last year, but the number of children living below the poverty line has grown.

According to the 2013 American Community Survey, one in three children in West Virginia under the age of 5 lived in poverty in 2013.

Keys to Grassroots Policy Success: Wide Net, Narrow Focus

Jul 23, 2014
A roomful of citizens gathers at the Caperton Center in Clarksburg to discuss policy priorities.
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If you spend any time at the West Virginia state capitol during the annual 60-day legislative session, you’ll notice many voices clamoring for the attention of our state’s part-time lawmakers.  All citizens are welcome to approach legislators with ideas and requests, but average citizens generally don’t have the time or the know-how to impact state policy decisions.  One grassroots initiative has been working to change that.