Take Me Home

What We're Up Against

West Virginians are leaving because they’re saddled with student and medical debt, and they’re unable to pay off that debt here at home.

Nearly three quarters of new graduates in West Virginia carry student debt, at an average of nearly $30,000 each. We also have the highest rate of student loan default in the nation

Additionally, because of our broken healthcare system, about one-third of West Virginians have unpaid medical bills. And that was before the pandemic, which has caused 3.5 million Americans to lose their employer-based healthcare.

As a result of all of this, we’re losing about 44 of our neighbors and family members every day, roughly 34,500 people since 2008.  It doesn’t have to be this way.

Our Plan

This program will be administered through the Public Bank of West Virginia.

Jobs eligible under the debt forgiveness plan include:

  • Postal workers, and more.


  • Make it illegal to garnish wages, tax refunds, or seize property for student or medical debt.
  • Vastly increase licensing fees and bonding for debt collectors in the state of West Virginia, and use the revenue to fund consumer protection services.

No one politician or slate of candidates can win this plan alone. We need you.

If you have an idea for how to make this plan stronger, or if you would like to lend a hand to win it, contact our co-chair Stephen Smith at stephen@wvcantwait.com.

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