Our Children Our Future

Emotions ran high in the House of Delegates late Wednesday evening as HB 2519 – the Campus Self Defense Act – came to the floor after a day of procedures that took it off and then back on the House’s active calendar. We recap the night’s action, and we take a special look at foster care.

On The Legislature Today, Senate President Mitch Carmichael has created a committee focused on restructuring the state's tax code and says its goal is to get rid of the state's income tax. 

Carmichael discusses his newly formed committee and his goals as the newly elected Senate President.

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Representatives from the Our Children, Our Future Campaign are lobbying lawmakers for the fourth year at the statehouse. The group, which has no paid lobbyists, advocates for children’s issues.

This year, their priorities include providing mental health services in public schools and increasing access to locally grown, healthy foods, but the campaign will also have to fight budget cuts to child and family services.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The Our Children Our Future campaign wrapped up a two day symposium by taking over the West Virginia House of Delegates chamber. 

The final session of the symposium asked participants to act as delegates and advocate for the issues they want to see the legislature take up next year.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The Our Children, Our Future campaign has spent the past two years rallying around social issues, many of which are meant to raise West Virginia children out of poverty, at the state level. This year, however, the campaign is throwing its hat into the election ring.

The organization hosted a forum Tuesday for Congressional candidates in Charleston, inviting Democrats, Republicans and third party candidates alike. In all, four candidates made appearances in person, two through videos and one through letter.