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Press Release Gary Zuckett October 27, 2020
PRESS RELEASE: WV Citizen Action Statement on Barrett Vote
Charleston, WV -  Following Senator Capito’s vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, WV Citizen Action Group’s Executive Director, Gary Zuckett, released the following statement: More
Issues: Covid-19Health CareHealthcareSCOTUS
Press Release CAG October 24, 2020
PRESS ADVISORY: Oct 26th, 11AM – WV Groups to Speak Out on SCOTUS Vote Outside Sen Capito’s Office – Members want Covid Relief, not Court Packing
Charleston, WV – State and local community groups will hold a press conference on Monday, Oct 26th outside Sen Capito’s downtown Charleston office to make statements opposing the vote on a Supreme Court nominee ahead of the November elections and before Congress passes a desperately needed second Covid Response Package to help struggling citizens, small businesses, and local governments. More
Issues: Covid-19Health CareHealthcareSCOTUS
Press Release Gary Zuckett October 23, 2020
PRESS RELEASE: Billionaires wealth increased 29% so far during Covid Shutdown
Billionaires’ Wealth Increased by 29% Between March and September, While Pandemic Batters West Virginia’s Economy - Meanwhile, State & Local Government Services Face Deep Cuts as Congress Prioritizes Confirmation of Anti-ACA Supreme Court Justice Over Passing an Overdue Coronavirus Financial Aid Package More
Issues: ACACovid-19Health CareHealthcareInequalityMedicarePovertySCOTUS
Press Release CAG October 5, 2020
IN THE NEWS: PSC approves settlement on AEP’s energy efficiency programs
Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power customers will continue to have access to energy efficiency and demand-response programs but spending will be reduced while benefits are modified, according to a settlement approved by Public Service Commission of West Virginia on Wednesday, Oct. 9. More
Issues: Energy efficiencyLEDs
Press Release CAG October 1, 2020
PRESS RELEASE: Municipalities Can Now Save Money Through LED Street Lighting
Starting today, municipalities, housing developments, and others who have Mon Power or Potomac Edison as their electric utility can save money by converting to light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights. LEDs are growing in prevalence due to their low maintenance costs and energy usage.  The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that within five years upwards of 90% of all outdoor lights installed will be LED. More
Issues: Energy efficiency
Press Release Gary Zuckett September 29, 2020
PRESS RELEASE: WV Citizen Action Rejects President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee and Rushed Confirmation Before the Election
Long-time consumer advocate organization, WV Citizen Action Group (WV-CAG) went to bat for people who get coverage and consumer protections under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) today with an alert to the public about the negative consequences of President Trump’s efforts to appoint a new anti-ACA justice to the Supreme Court in the wake of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. More
Issues: ACACivil JusticeHealth CareHealthcare
Press Release Gary Zuckett September 24, 2020
PRESS RELEASE: Groups to Hold a Car-A-Van Around Senator Capito’s Office
Charleston WV- WV Community groups will be holding a press briefing along with a physical-distanced roving Car Demonstration to underline their message that, instead of taking time to consider any Supreme Court nominations, the Senate should be doing its job and passing a second round of Covid relief to protect families from eviction, provide food security and protect front line workers. More
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Press Release CAG September 23, 2020
IN THE NEWS: Legislators & citizen groups call for a stronger water quality rule
West Virginia legislators called for a strong water quality rule at a virtual press conference hosted by West Virginia Citizen Action Group and the West Virginia Environmental Council. More
Issues: EnvironmentWater
Press Release CAG September 23, 2020
PRESS RELEASE: Community Health and Justice Groups Call on Senate to Protect Our Care, Let Next President Appoint to SCOTUS
As we continue through the worst health crisis the United States--and the world--has seen in our lifetime, no less than the health care of the entire country is in the hands of the Supreme Court. Looming over the discussions of installing a new justice before the November 3rd election is the lawsuit challenging the Affordable Health Act (ACA). This lawsuit, California vs US,  is due to be heard at our highest Court on November 10th. More
Issues: ACADemocracyHealthcareInequalityMedicaid
Press Release   May 12, 2020
At-Risk Workers Shouldn’t Lose Unemployment
WV-CAG joined 20 other legal, social justice, labor and faith groups in calling on Gov. Jim Justice, Commerce Secretary Ed Gaunch, and Workforce WV to use their emergency and regular powers to protect workers from losing unemployment if they or family members are at risk due to COVID-19 and they decline to immediately return to work when their employers reopen. More
Issues: HealthcareUnemployment benefitsWorkers
Press Release   March 27, 2020
Coalition Calls on Governor to Reduce Jail Populations Due to COVID-19
With the daily spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in West Virginia, public and private entities are taking significant steps to prevent a flood of cases that would overwhelm our health care system. In this context, public health experts, homelessness advocates, criminal justice leaders, and other concerned individuals call on Gov. Jim Justice to use his executive authority to minimize the harm inflicted on inmates and correctional staff in West Virginia – and, by extension, the harm inflicted on our communities. More
Issues: Criminal JusticeHealthcareInequality
Press Release   May 18, 2018
House Farm Bill Should Protect SNAP and Health Care Rather Than Attacking Our Most Vulnerable
In response to the partisan vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on a version of the Farm Bill that includes new restrictions and cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Health Care for America Now released a statement calling on lawmakers to continue to reject partisan bills that cut food assistance and threaten health care, and develop a bipartisan measure that recognizes the importance of ensuring people have enough food to eat. More
Issues: HealthcareKids and familiesPovertySNAP
Press Release   April 25, 2018
New Election App Helps Voters Choose Candidates
On the first day of early voting, WV Citizen Action Education Fund (WV CAEF), our 501c3 sister organization, is excited to announce a new resource for helping voters identify candidates and issues they support with a new, easy to use election app called BallotReady. BallotReady is a non-partisan civic engagement tool that enables users to find comprehensive ballot information for their own voting precinct. The tool displays candidate bios, stances, endorsements, and relevant news all in one place; and helps users to find their polling place, make a plan to vote, easily save, and be reminded of the information prior to and on Election Day. More
Press Release   April 17, 2018
New ‘Tax Day’ Study Reports on How Tax Law Enriches Corporations, Wealthy While Putting Health Care, Public Services at Risk
Today, WV Citizen Action released a new report by Americans for Tax Fairness and Health Care for America Now detailing the affects of the tax cut package on families in West Virginia and compares that with the tax benefits that health insurance companies and prescription drug manufacturers receive under the same law. Read the full report and highlights here. More
Issues: Fair taxationHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesMedicareSNAPSocial security
Press Release   October 20, 2017
Senator Capito Votes for Senate Budget Resolution That Puts Health Care for West Virginia Families at Risk
The budget resolution sets up blueprint for tax cuts that mostly benefit wealthy households while cutting health care and education for everyone else. Senator Capito voted for the Resolution that could put Medicaid for 438,000 West Virginians at risk as well as Medicare for 416,000 seniors and people with disabilities. Time and time again, Senator Capito has shown that, despite what she says, her priorities are taking care of the wealthy and big business, not her constituents. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesEducationFair taxationHealthcareKids and familiesMedicareSNAP
Press Release   October 18, 2017
West Virginia Families Will Be Harmed by Proposed Senate Budget
The Republican’s proposed budget will be very harmful to West Virginia’s families if it becomes law. It slashes funding for vital services and programs such as Medicaid, Medicare and education in order to provide huge tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations while raising taxes many working families who are already struggling to make ends meet. Read our complete statement on this immoral scheme and its effects on West Virginia families. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesFair taxationHealthcareKids and familiesMedicareSNAP
Press Release   May 31, 2017
Press Release: WV Citizens Announce Support for “A 21st Century New Deal”on Infrastructure
For Immediate Release: Wednesday May 31, 2017 @ 11 AM Contact: Gary Zuckett, garyz@wvcag.org (304) 346-5891   WV Citizens Announce Support for “A 21st Century New Deal”on Infrastructure   CHARLESTON—WV Citizen Action Group hosted a media teleconference to announce support for the “21st Century New Deal”—a massive infrastructure proposal developed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus […] More
Issues: EnergyInequalityLiving wageSustainabilityTransportation
Press Release   May 4, 2017
Press Release: GOP Repeal Bill Strips Health Care from Millions to Finance $600 Billion Tax Giveaway to Corporations, and 1%
For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 4, 2017 Contact: Gary Zuckett, garyz@wvcag.org (304) 346-5891   GOP Repeal Bill Strips Health Care from Millions to Finance $600 Billion Tax Giveaway to Corporations, and 1% Below is a statement from Gary Zuckett, Executive Director of West Virginia Citizen Action Group, on the House vote to pass the American […] More
Issues: HCANHealthcare
Press Release   April 23, 2017
From Protest to Power: WV CAG Members and Staff Heading to D.C. for People’s Action “Rise Up” Convention
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        April 23, 2017 Contact: Gary Zuckett, garyz@wvcag.org (304) 437-3701   From Protest to Power: West Virginia Citizen Action Group Members and Staff Heading to Washington D.C. for People’s Action “Rise Up” Convention   CHARLESTON – More than a thousand activists from throughout the country, including seven […] More
Issues: Event
Press Release   April 18, 2017
Press Release: New Tax Day Report Shows How Republican Repeal of ACA Gives $600 billion in Tax Breaks to the Wealthy and Big Corporations While Cutting Health Care for Everyone Else
WV Citizen Action Group today joined two national groups, Americans for Tax Fairness and Health Care for America Now (HCAN), to release a joint report entitled, Republican Health Care Repeal Plan: Tax Cuts for the Rich, Health Care Cuts for Everyone Else, details how the Republican plan to repeal the ACA would give billions in tax breaks to wealthy households, insurance companies and drug manufacturers, paid for by cutting the health care of low- and moderate-income families. More
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