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September 10, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
Lack of Broadband Access Impedes Low-Income Families’ Ability to File for CARES Act Relief

With lack of any access to broadband connectivity currently causing  hardship for over 100,000 West Virginians, the COVID-19 pandemic highlights how truly essential this access is for our communities.  From tele-medicine services that keep patients connected to doctors without leaving their homes to increased reliance on remote work and the need for virtual schooling because…

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September 2, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
SNAP Recertification Processes May Be Worsening Food Insecurity in West Virginia

More than five months after the declaration of a national emergency due to COVID-19, legitimate concern is growing that the burden placed on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to comply with the excessive paperwork needed to maintain their food assistance benefits could be heightening food insecurity in West Virginia. Passed in March, The Families…

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August 25, 2020 by Kelly Allen
West Virginians’ Health Care Threatened as ACA Lawsuit Reaches the Supreme Court

Despite the importance of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid expansion in providing health coverage in the midst of a pandemic, proponents of the lawsuit to dismantle the ACA, including Republican state Attorneys General and the Trump administration, march on. Oral arguments are scheduled for November 10 in front of the Supreme Court of…

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August 19, 2020 by Sean O'Leary
West Virginia’s Job Recovery Weakened in July

West Virginia's economy added only 200 jobs in July, according to the monthly jobs report from Workforce WV, after adding 35,600 in June. West Virginia's overall jobs picture has been heavily skewed the past two months due to the temporary hiring of poll workers for June's primary election. Government jobs increased by 11,200 in June,…

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August 12, 2020 by Sean O'Leary
Half Baked Executive Orders Are No Substitute for a Real COVID-19 Relief Package

Last month Congress let emergency unemployment benefits expire, despite ongoing record levels of unemployment and a weakening economic recovery. While the U.S. House of Representatives passed a substantial relief bill in May that would have extended the enhanced unemployment benefits through the end of the year, the Senate was unable to come to an agreement.…

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August 11, 2020 by Quenton King
As Population Surpasses Capacity, Western Regional Jail is an Increasing Burden on County Budgets

This post is co-authored by Bryan Phillips, the WVCBP’s Summer Research Associate West Virginia’s regional jail population has been growing for years at a cost to both inmate safety and county budgets. Between 2010 and 2019, the average jail population increased by 30 percent. The average daily population statewide has exceeded total jail capacity for eight of the last nine years,…

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August 4, 2020 by Sean O'Leary
What Does West Virginia’s Revenue Picture Tell Us About the Economy?

Yesterday, Governor Justice held a press conference to provide an update on the state's fiscal situation at the start of the 2021 fiscal year (FY) and the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the governor, West Virginia is starting FY 2021 with a $243.9 million surplus, and ended FY 2020 with a $23…

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