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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 taxationInequalityKids 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
Press Release Gary Zuckett August 8, 2022
PRESS RELEASE: Senate Democrats Pass Manchin’s Inflation Reduction Act To Lower Drug Prices, Make Health Care & Energy Costs More Affordable, and Deal with Climate Change
Following the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, a bill set to enact historic drug pricing reform, lower energy costs and reduce the national deficit, Gary Zuckett, Executive Director of WV Citizen Action Group released the following statement: More
Issues: Budget PrioritiesEnvironmentHealthcare
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 taxationInequalityPollutionRacial 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 Storage TanksBudget PrioritiesCivil RightsDemocracyEnvironmentFair taxationHealthcareWorker's Safety
Action Alert Julie Archer March 17, 2022
Take Action: Support TMG Economic Justice Proposal
Please contact the Governor’s Office, Senate President Craig Blair, House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, and Senate and House Finance Committee Chairs and encourage them to support this proposal to address the challenges facing our most impoverished and distressed communities, and begin to transform and restructure our economy in a way that is responsive to the collective needs of all our people. More
Issues: Budget PrioritiesCivil RightsEconomyHealthcare
Advocacy Letter CAG 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: Budget PrioritiesCivil RightsEconomyFamiliesHealthcare
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 taxationInequalityKids 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 taxationInequalityRacial JusticeReproductive JusticeTaxesVoting Rightswater quality
Newsletter article CAG 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 PrioritiesEconomyEnvironmentFair taxationHealthcare
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 taxationRacial 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 JusticeDemocracyWater
Press Release Eve Marcum-Atkinson September 20, 2021
PRESS RELEASE: 77 Organizations Call on Majority Leader Schumer, Sen. Wyden to Support Medicare Drug Negotiations, Medicare Expansion in the Budget Reconciliation Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) must ensure that robust Medicare drug price negotiations and stronger Medicare dental, vision and hearing benefits are a part of the Democrats' final budget reconciliation package said Public Citizen and nearly 80 other groups in a letter to the lawmakers today. More
Issues: Budget Priorities
Action Alert CAG August 9, 2021
#WeAreHome Shared Prosperity: With Immigrants We Rise Week of Action (Aug. 9 -13)
JOIN US August 9-13: #WeAreHome's Week of Action: Shared Prosperity | With Immigrants We Rise. More
Issues: Budget PrioritiesCivil RightsEconomy
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