New District-by-District Analysis of Uninsured Virginians
Hundreds and even thousands of residents in every legislator’s district stand to gain health coverage if Virginia lawmakers close the coverage gap. Across Virginia over 195,000 people are stuck in the gap: They are unable to get quality, affordable coverage through the new insurance marketplace because they don’t make enough money, and they can’t qualify for Medicaid because they make too much.
Tax Fairness Proposal Closes a Loophole and Helps Localities
Governor Terry McAuliffe’s proposed revisions to the state budget contain a bonus for almost every city, county, and town in Virginia, according to new analysis released today by The Commonwealth Institute, an independent fiscal and economic policy organization in Richmond. By closing a statewide tax loophole, the proposal would allow Virginia’s cash-strapped localities to collect taxes on the full price of hotel rooms booked online, rather than only part of their prices.
Education Cuts Hit High-Poverty School Divisions Hardest
School divisions with the highest poverty rates have seen their state funding drop far more than their counterparts in more affluent communities since Virginia state lawmakers began cutting school funding in 2009. Funding cuts in poor school divisions have been nearly three times greater per student than those in divisions with far lower poverty rates.
Budget Savings in Expansion States Can Happen in Virginia
Nationwide, 27 states and Washington, D.C., have freed up precious resources for critical needs like education by closing their health coverage gaps and saving money on medical care. The same could be true for Virginia, to the tune of $161 million.
This new report looks at how four states – Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan, and New Mexico – are seeing actual savings of millions of dollars in their state budgets as a result of closing the coverage gap, the same way Virginia could if state lawmakers dropped their misguided opposition to the move.