Posts by Seth DiStefano

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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February 23, 2019 by Seth DiStefano
Seth DiStefano: WV Should Cut Taxes for Struggling Workers, not Millionaires

In his State of the State address, Gov. Jim Justice proposed cutting taxes for West Virginians by repealing a state tax on Social Security income. While the governor’s proposal is being touted as a “middle class” tax cut, it mostly benefits wealthy retirees while doing little for those who struggle to make ends meet. A…

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January 27, 2019 by Seth DiStefano
Judiciary Chairman: Criminal Justice Reform ‘Humanitarian’ and ‘Economic’ Issue

Charleston Gazette-Mail - In a break from tough-on-crime thinking, the Legislature is moving a series of bills designed to keep ex-convicts out of jails, not reel more in. Read full article. From letting certain nonviolent offenders clear their records after years of good behavior, to allowing the dismissal of drug offenses after people complete drug court…

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December 14, 2018 by Seth DiStefano
SNAP Benefits Saved in Congressional Farm Bill

WOWK-TV - Over 340-thousand West Virginians use federally funded SNAP benefits to feed their families. In some cases able-bodied adults with no dependents must work or volunteer 20 hours per week, to get their food card. The multi-billion dollar farm bill that just passed Congress was originally intending to increase work requirements to keep SNAP…

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December 9, 2018 by Seth DiStefano
Let Us Resolve to Fight Poverty, Not the Poor

Beckley Register-Herald - Loretta Young, a chairperson of the Poor People’s Campaign in West Virginia, says her group wants “to change the moral narrative in this country” – and given the economic conditions on the most basic levels of day-to-day, hand-to-mouth survival that we see here throughout the southern reaches of West Virginia, such a…

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November 16, 2018 by Seth DiStefano
Food Summit Works to End Hunger in W.Va.

The Record Delta - One in seven West Virginians and one in five West Virginia children struggle with hunger. The Food for All Hunger Summit gathered Tuesday at the Event Center at Brushy Fork to try to come up with a plan to fight hunger in West Virginia. Read.

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October 2, 2018 by Seth DiStefano
Cutting Food Assistance Won’t Help West Virginia

Despite the rosy rhetoric, everything is not okay in West Virginia. Unemployment remains stubbornly high compared to the rest of the country, and, even as Appalachian counties overall seem to be on the rebound, West Virginia is not so lucky. We have seen a net increase in economic insecurity,with multiple counties heading in the wrong…

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