Posts by Seth DiStefano

January 16, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
Hunger Caucus: W.Va. has 270,000 People Struggling with Hunger Each Day

WV Press, Point Pleasant Register - West Virginia has 270,000 people struggling with hunger each day. Read article. That message was delivered to the Hunger Caucus, a bipartisan group from the West Virginia House of Delegates, that met this week at the West Virginia Legislature to address food insecurity issues. Chad Morrison of the Mountaineer Foodbank…

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January 13, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
What Happened When a State Made Food Stamps Harder to Get

New York Times - In the early mornings, Chastity and Paul Peyton walk from their small and barely heated apartment to Taco Bell to clean fryers and take orders for as many work hours as they can get. It rarely adds up to a full-time week’s worth, often not even close. With this income and whatever…

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December 12, 2019 by Seth DiStefano
Tax Cuts and Tax Increases Will be Debated in West Virginia Legislative Session

WOWK-TV - One of the biggest fights this year will be the ongoing battle to repeal the state’s Business Inventory Tax. Only 14 states levy this tax, and critics say it discourages out-of-state businesses from moving here. Read/watch full story. “I think it’s definitely a tax that needs to be reformed. I think It needs to…

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December 5, 2019 by Seth DiStefano
New SNAP Rule Could Hit Ohio Valley Hardest

Ohio Valley Resource, WFPL, WV Public Broadcasting - The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates almost 700,000 people across the country will lose food stamps in a new Trump Administration rule announced Wednesday. Regional anti-hunger advocates and policy analysts say the Ohio Valley — and Appalachia in particular — could be disproportionately affected by this rule.…

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November 15, 2019 by Seth DiStefano
Seth DiStefano: For Low-Wage Workers, What Comes Next?

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Recently, residents of the Kanawha Valley have heard a great deal from elected officials about the success of the sports complex at Shawnee Park and the remodeling of the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center. The conversations about these two projects always find their way back to the same term: economic development. Read op-ed.…

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October 8, 2019 by Seth DiStefano
Food for All

Policy Outreach Director Seth DiStefano is interviewed on WSAZ-TV about this year's Food for All Summit. Watch here.

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September 19, 2019 by Seth DiStefano
SNAP Work Requirements Are Increasing Food Insecurity

In May of 2016, West Virginia enacted a time limit on SNAP benefits for childless adults in the 9 counties with the lowest unemployment. Those 9 counties were Berkeley, Cabell, Harrison, Jefferson, Kanawha, Marion, Monongalia, Morgan and Putnam. While proponents maintained that cutting low-income childless adults from SNAP would boost employment, there is no evidence…

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May 17, 2019 by Seth DiStefano
Center on Budget and Policy Touts State Earned Income Tax Credit

Beckley Register-Herald - In the U.S. today, 29 states have an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program designed to put cash back in the pockets of low-income families. With 23 percent of its workforce toiling in poverty wage jobs, West Virginia is not among those states. Read article. That’s a situation that the West Virginia Center…

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May 13, 2019 by Seth DiStefano
Rockwool Could Get Fed’l. Tax Break Meant for Depressed Areas

Public News Service - The controversial Rockwool heavy-industry project could get a big federal tax break designed for poor areas - despite being in one of West Virginia's richest counties. Read article. The Rockwool proposal for an insulation-manufacturing plant has drawn intense opposition from critics, who say it would bring industrial pollution to Jefferson County,…

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