It points to several recent decisions and pieces of legislation that it says could help working families.
The report praises Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for his decision to expand Medicaid as part of the federal Affordable Care Act, a decision that will make health insurance newly available to as many 130,000 people.
It also praises Tomblin's two marquee pieces of legislation from last spring's legislative session - the education reform bill, which will require full time pre-kindergarten be made available for all 4-year-olds by 2016, and the prison reform bill, which aims to reduce prison overcrowding and will eventually establish drug courts for every county.
It also praises the recently passed Feed to Achieve Act, which requires schools to try to maximize student participation in breakfast programs and encourages districts to take further steps to take advantage of federal school meal funding.
The report makes several general suggestions that it says would help rebuild the middle class.
First, it champions a "future fund" that would collect money from oil and gas severance taxes and invest it for future economic development or infrastructure projects.
It proposes that the state invest in higher education to combat rising tuition costs and student debt.
It proposes investing in roads, bridges and public transit.
It also proposes raising the state minimum wage and creating voluntary state-administered retirement accounts.
"While it would be hard to deny that poverty has been an all-too-familiar shadow in the state's history, it has not been the whole story and need not be its fate," the report says.
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