West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy

New census data shows a quarter of WV kids were living in poverty in 2022

BY: - September 18, 2023

One in four children in West Virginia were living in poverty in 2022, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week. West Virginia was the only state in the nation to see its rate of child poverty increase from 2021, according to the data. That increase — a 20% change from […]

Gee a no-show for state lawmakers, who got a closer look at WVU budget ahead of programs, jobs cuts

BY: - September 11, 2023

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee did not attend his scheduled meeting with lawmakers Monday morning to discuss the university’s $45 million budget shortfall. The university’s Board of Governors is expected to cut dozens of academic programs and jobs on Friday in an effort to deal with the financial issues. Rob Alsop, vice president […]

Blue and purple lockers line one side of the hallway, with orange and lockers on the other side, with a white and blue striped tile floor down the middle.

Sales tax holiday will cost West Virginia an estimated $4.5 million

BY: - August 4, 2023

Dropping West Virginia’s 6% sales tax on certain clothing and school supplies over four days this weekend will cost the state an estimated $4.5 million in revenue, according to the West Virginia Tax Division.  The state’s current sales tax holiday program started in 2021 and complements the West Virginia clothing voucher program in an attempt […]