BCDA's next meeting of 2019 is…

March 25th
Hoss's Steak and Sea House Restaurant

195 Aikens Ctr (Edwin Miller Blvd.)
Martinsburg, WV 25401

Come early (6-ish) to eat in our meeting room and catch up

with your fellow Democrats.

The General Meeting starts at 7pm.

For your Calendars…

WV Senate, House advance versions of 2019-20 budget

The wave of school strikes that started in West Virginia a year ago seems to be moving more funding into public education, nationally.

According to a report by the American Federation of Teachers, average K-12 funding stalled or fell between 2008 and last year.

Economist Sylvia Allegretto has studied the issue as co-chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at the University of California-Berkeley. She said average pay for teachers actually dropped slightly in that time, and now is nearly 20 percent below what similar college graduates make. She noted the states that followed West Virginia in having statewide strikes last year had some of the widest pay differentials.

Gov. Jim Justice confirmed that West Virginia is making school employees' pay and health insurance a bigger priority now that state revenue is finally rising after years of red ink.

The tax cuts in House Bill 3137 overwhelmingly would go to the well-to-do. (West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, based on figures from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy)

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Education Still on West Virginians' Mind

Critics of a proposal rushing through the House of Delegates say it could blow a hole in West Virginia's state budget by using one-time money to pay for permanent tax cuts that mostly help those who are well off.

House Bill 3137 would create a fund where new money, including out-of-state online sales taxes, would go. Then, each time that fund reached a certain level, it would trigger compounding cuts in state income taxes.

On West Virginia's Mind…

Foster care reform

advances in Senate…

with an amended version of the foster care reform bill. The amendments are aimed to make the bill a little more appeasing for those who oppose the bill.