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Action Alert   February 1, 2023
URGENT: Protect Healthcare for Trans Youth & Support Investments in Our Communities
TOMORROW, Thursday, February 2, the House of Delegates will hold public hearings on two bills we told you about in our Capital Eye Legislative Update. See details below on how you can speak out to protect healthcare for trangender youth in West Virginia and support investments to help our communities thrive. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCoronavirus ReliefHealthcareInequalityKids and families
Action Alert Gary Zuckett January 28, 2023
Keep WV Funded: Take Action to Stop Dangerous Tax Cuts!
Right now the Governor and the Legislature are sparring over the best way to give tax cuts to the wealthy and big businesses — at our expense. Every West Virginian would pay the price because of the gaps that would be left in the state budget. We need a budget that reflects our priorities: investments in programs that benefit all West Virginians, not tax cuts for the wealthiest. Tell the Governor and your legislators: No tax cuts until our needs are met! More
Issues: Budget prioritiesEducationFair taxationHealth CareInfrastructureKids and families
Newsletter CAG January 23, 2023
Capital Eye Vol. 16, No. 2 – Legislative Update Week 2: Battle of the Tax Cuts
The House quickly passed the governor’s bad idea of eliminating one quarter of our state’s annual revenue by cutting 50% off personal income taxes over the next three years. However, Senate leadership has deemed HB 2526 DOA and, not to be outdone, they’re cooking up their own tax cuts. Also keep reading to learn more about health care bills we're keeping an eye on, action on environmental and climate legislation, election bills that are gaining traction, and other major actions in the House and Senate. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesDemocracyEnergyEnvironmentHealth CareKids and families
Citizen Action Group Blog Gary Zuckett January 23, 2023
Battle of the Tax Cuts
The House quickly passed the governor’s bad idea of eliminating one quarter of our state’s annual revenue by cutting 50% off personal income taxes over the next three years. However, Senate leadership has deemed HB 2526 DOA and, not to be outdone, they’re cooking up their own tax cuts. Regardless of how the Legislature lands on these cuts, regular West Virginians lose. Now is the time to make your voice heard on this lose-lose proposition! More
Issues: Budget prioritiesFair taxationKids and families
Newsletter   January 16, 2023
Capital Eye Vol. 16, No. 1 – Legislative Update Week 1: What’s the Rush?
The legislative session started out with a BANG on day one as the Senate leadership promptly used their super majority to suspend the rules, ram through 23 bills and send them to the House. The House is moving mostly at the normal pace, but their Finance committee pulled a fast one on Thursday and added the governor’s 50% personal income tax cut to their agenda at the last minute and passed it out to the floor. Keep reading for more on the big things that happend during the first week of the 2023 legislative, along with actions you can take, and resources for staying up to date. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesFair taxationHealth CareInequalityKids and familiesVoting Rights
Newsletter article Julie Archer January 16, 2023
Big Things That Happened – Week 1
Here’s a quick recap of the big things that happened during the first week of the 2023 legislative session.  More
Issues: Budget prioritiesFair taxationHealthcareKids and families
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett January 16, 2023
What’s the Rush? – Legislative Session Kicks Off with a Bang
The legislative session started out with a BANG on day one as the Senate leadership promptly used their super majority to suspend the rules, ram through 23 bills and send them to the House. The House is moving mostly at the normal pace, but their Finance committee pulled a fast one on Thursday and added the governor’s 50% personal income tax cut to their agenda at the last minute and passed it out to the floor. More here, plus actions you can take, and resources for staying up to date. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesKids and families
Citizen Action Group Blog Eve Marcum-Atkinson January 12, 2023
NAACP and others deliver an address on the “State of WV Children and Families”
In response to the Governor's State of the State address, groups gathered at the capitol to speak on the budget, and how the status quo is hurting WV children and families. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesFair taxationInequalityKids and familiesPovertyWV Legislature
Citizen Action Group Blog Julie Archer October 24, 2022
Much At Stake With Proposed Constitutional Amendments
In addition to the congressional, legislative, county and local elected offices that will appear on the ballot this November, voters must also consider four separate amendments to the state’s constitution. Here’s a refresher on what’s at stake with these proposed changes to the West Virginia Constitution.  More
Issues: Budget prioritiesElectionsFair CourtsFair taxationTaxesVoting
Action Alert Eve Marcum-Atkinson July 22, 2022
TAKE ACTION: Tell your Delegate(s) & Senators to reject this plan to give tax cuts to the wealthy at the cost of state programs and services!
At a cost of $254 million per year, over 5% of our state budget, the governor’s tax plan overwhelmingly benefits with wealthy with 62% of the tax cuts going to the top 20% of households. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesFair taxation
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett July 21, 2022
Oppose Tax Cuts for the Rich
On Wednesday morning, Governor Justice announced a special legislative session beginning at noon on Monday to begin phasing out the state income tax. Don’t be fooled, this is the first salvo in eventually eliminating the personal income tax completely. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesFair taxation
Action Alert   March 23, 2022
WVCBP: Post-session ‘Where are we now’ in terms of funding our future and supporting families?
Join WVCBP at noon on Wednesday, April 6 for a session debrief, an analysis of what’s up with the budget, and how we can use interims meetings over the rest of this year to make the case for investments in programs we care about. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesFair taxationWorking Families
Newsletter article Julie Archer March 23, 2022
Legislative Postmortem
Given the current political climate, victory often takes the form of defeating bad bills. With that in mind, here’s an overview of what happened in these major issue areas... More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeDemocracyDiscriminationEnvironmentFair CourtsFair taxationHealth CareInequalityPollutionRacial JusticeReproductive JusticeVoting RightsWater
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett March 23, 2022
Life After Session
Out of the 2,216 bills introduced during the 2022 legislative session, only 239 survived. Lots of really bad bills died, along with most of the good ones. Not an uplifting appraisal but... it could have been much worse. More
Issues: Aboveground tanksBudget prioritiesCensorshipDiabetesFair taxationHealth CareKids and familiesMedicaidOil and GasRacial JusticeUnemployment benefitsVaccinesVoting Rightswater qualityWorker's SafetyWV Legislature
Advocacy Letter Eve Marcum-Atkinson March 10, 2022
WVCAG Supports Tuesday Morning Group Budget Request for Allocation of American Rescue Plan Act Funds
West Virginia Citizen Action Group fully supports this proposal, and we urge you to approve the funding of these programs as requested. Thank you for your consideration. More
Issues: ARPABudget priorities
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett February 14, 2022
Downslope to March 12th
Watching the Winter Olympics on TV reminds me of the concept I have of the flow of the legislative session. Imagine it like a snowball that gets started rolling down the mountain and, as it goes on and on, it picks up more and more snow...gettng faster and faster. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesFair taxationHealth CareInequalityKids and familiesMedicaidTaxesUnemployment benefitsWorkersWV Legislature
Newsletter article Julie Archer February 7, 2022
Legislative Forecast: Week Four
This week we continue our round up of what is happening under the dome (and elsewhere) related to these critical issue areas and actions you can take. Although there are still plenty of bad ideas brewing, this forecast is less dreary. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesDemocracyDiscriminationFair CourtsFair taxationHealth CareInequalityRacial JusticeReproductive JusticeTaxesVoting Rightswater quality
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett January 24, 2022
Week of Weather & Disappointment
It’s hard to know whether to begin with federal or state issues in this week's update since so much has been going on in both areas. In addition, winter has indeed arrived with black ice and power outages, too.  More
Issues: Budget prioritiesBuild Back BetterCovid-19Fair RepresentationFilibusterReproductive JusticeTaxesVoting Rights
Newsletter article Julie Archer January 17, 2022
Legislative Forecast: Winter is Here. Brace Yourself.
Here’s a glimpse of what transpired over the first few days, opportunities to learn, and information about how to engage your legislators and make your voice heard.   More
Issues: Budget prioritiesFair taxationHealth CareRacial JusticeReproductive JusticeVoting Rightswater quality
Citizen Action Group Blog Julie Archer December 12, 2021
Legislative Forecast
Winter is coming, and that means the legislative session is just around the corner. As 2021 comes to a close and we head into a new year and another legislative session, here are some issues we expect to take up time and attention under the dome.  More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeDemocracyHealth CareWater
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