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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
Newsletter article CAG January 23, 2023
(Other) Big Things That Happened – Week 2
Here’s a quick overview of some of the other big things that happened this past week — things that aren’t covered elsewhere in this update on the second week of the 2023 legislative session. This includes action on "zombie bills" on guns and unemployment in the Senate. In the House, the Health Committee advanced bills to reorganize DHHR and limit health care options for transgender youth. More
Issues: EducationKids and familiesUnemployment benefitsWorkers
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 Julie Archer January 15, 2023
Advocates Call for Local & Legislative Action, Funding for Community Support Services to Address School Suspension Disparities
The impact of school discipline “falls heavily on the most marginalized, and the poorest people. And the cycle will be perpetuated until we come together and figure out how to address it today.” This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, lets lift our collective voices to call on lawmakers to address inequities in school discipline, and to advocate for just, fair and equitable allocation of ARPA funds to help our most vulnerable. More
Issues: DiscriminationEducationInequalityKids 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 BlogPress Release Gary Zuckett January 12, 2023
Governor’s State of State presented through ‘Rose Colored Glasses’
Governor’s State of State presented through ‘Rose Colored Glasses’ - Part pep rally, part campaign opener for a potential US Senate run in 2024, Governor Jim Justice presented a rosy picture of his tenure as CEO of West Virginia and our future prospects. More
Issues: InequalityKids and familiesWorking Families
Citizen Action Group Blog Gary Zuckett November 14, 2022
Letter to Sen. Manchin & Capito: 17 WV orgs share strong support for prioritizing extension of the expanded Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit as part of any year-end budget deal
17 organizations in West Virginia have shared with Senators Manchin and Capito their strong support for prioritizing extension the expanded Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit as part of any year-end budget deal. More
Issues: CTCKids and familiesTaxes
Action Alert   October 24, 2022
Tell Governor Justice to Protect Child Care for Essential Workers
In less than two weeks, beginning November 1st any essential worker household with income exceeding 85% of the State Median Income will lose this critical support.   More
Issues: Care EconomyEssential WorkersKids and familiesWorking Families
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
Action Alert   March 2, 2022
Urgent Action: Tell our Senators to Stop HB 4007 – No Tax Breaks for the Wealthy on the Backs of Working Families
Tell our Senators to Stop HB 4007! Our wealthy West Virginians do not need a tax break on the backs of working families. More
Issues: Fair taxationInequalityKids and familiesWorkers
Newsletter article   February 21, 2022
WVNOW Legislative Action Alert 2.21.22
From Meredith Hartery, President of the WV Chapter National Organization for Women More
Issues: DiscriminationEconomic JusticeFair PayFair RepresentationHealth CareInequalityKids and familiesWorkers
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
Press Release Gary Zuckett February 7, 2022
PRESS RELEASE: West Virginians Adapt “Country Roads” Song to Urge Sen. Joe Manchin to Support Build Back Better
West Virginia Citizen Action Group released a video today of West Virginians from across the state singing and fiddling along to a parody of “Country Roads”, urging Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to change his position and support the popular Build Back Better legislative package. More
Issues: Build Back BetterClimate JusticeHealth CareJobsKids and families
Newsletter article Eve Marcum-Atkinson February 7, 2022
Mama Bears Take a Stand for the CTC
Last Wednesday, February 2nd, at 11:30AM, a coalition of West Virginia organizations and directly impacted mothers, parents and grandparents held simultaneous press conferences in both DC and Charleston, WV, to amplify the voices of WV “Momma Bears” who wanted to remind Senator Manchin that 50,000 West Virginia children are now back below the poverty line with the elimination of the enhanced CTC. More
Issues: Build Back BetterCTCKids and families
Press Release Eve Marcum-Atkinson February 2, 2022
PRESS RELEASE: Poverty is #Unbearable! WV Mothers/Groups AGAIN Urge Senator Manchin To Negotiate Extension of Child Tax Credit
A coalition of West Virginia organizations and directly impacted mothers, parents and grandparents held a press conference on the public sidewalk across from Senator Joe Manchin’s office, to amplify the voices of WV “Momma Bears” who want to remind him that 50,000 West Virginia children are now back below the poverty line with the elimination of the enhanced CTC. For WV children and families, poverty is #Unbearable. More
Issues: Build Back BetterCTCKids and families
Newsletter article Eve Marcum-Atkinson January 31, 2022
Why WV Needs A Medicaid Buy-In
The fight for accessible affordable health care in West Virginia is what Health Care for All WV is all about. Key to our efforts is the Medicaid Buy-In bill HB 3001. This bill would create a new affordable health insurance plan that would eliminate the “cliff effect” of those who are working and want to keep coverage while earning increased hours or increased pay, or who’s employers do not offer insurance coverage for their full-time employees. More
Issues: Health CareHealthcareKids and familiesWorkers
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