2016 Legislative Platform

You did it.  After our 6-month vetting process and dozens of conferences and community meetings, 2,590 ministers, parents, students, lawmakers, teachers, business owners, union members, service providers, and child advocates made their voices heard. Now let us keep up the great work. Join us if you want to fight child poverty and contact your legislator today.

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These 10 policy proposals are form the official Our Children, Our Future policy platform that we will advocate for at the State Capitol during the 2016 Legislative Session. The issues were developed by West Virginians through regional policy workshops and a statewide summit. They reflect the real concerns of West Virginians dealing with childhood poverty.

  1. Mental Health Matters: Establish a Statewide Strategy for Combating Child Mental Illness.Contact Kelli Caseman at kelli@wvmh4kids.org
  2. Protecting Quality Child Care Centers.Contact Jeanette Barker at jbarkerplaymates@aol.com.
  3. Right to Work is Wrong.Contact Josh Sword at jsword@wvaflcio.org.
  4. Second Chance for Employment.Contact Amber Miller (brweyez1983@gmail.com) or Sara Whitaker (saranwhitaker@gmail.com).
  5. Tax Reform to Protects Roads, Children, Seniors and Jobs / EITC.Contact Ted Boettner at tboettner@wvpolicy.org.
  6. Juvenile Justice: Redirect and Reinvest.Contact JenniferMeinig at jmeinig@acluwv.org.
  7. Stop Meth Labs. Contact Judy Crabtree at judy.crabtree@camc.org.
  8. Increasing Local Food Access and Profitability. Contact Jeremy Grant at jgrant.wvfma@gmail.com.
  9. Afterschool Opportunities for All. Contact Chris Kimes at ckimeshkfc@gmail.com.
  10. Expand Broadband Access.Contact Natalie Roper at natalie@generationwv.org.

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This is your opportunity to shape what policy proposals become law in 2016. Act now, and have your say on what the West Virginia State Legislature should do to help our state’s children and families be safer, healthier and more prosperous.