WVVA – As part of federal COVID-relief legislation passed in March, West Virginia received $1.25 billion to address the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Read full article.
As of October 19, there is still over $969 million remaining unspent with a December 30 deadline for utilizing the funds.
Governor Justice’s current proposal would send $587 million to the state’s unemployment trust fund.
WV United, a group of nonprofits and community advocates in the state, have been advocating for different use of these funds.
Recently, members of the group sent a letter to Governor Justice, asking for him to re-evaluate his plan and offered a people-centered proposal on how this money can be spent to address the hardships so many West Virginians are facing.
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