Budget Beat

September 11, 2020 by WVCBP
Republicans’ “Skinny” COVID Relief Package Failed to Pass Senate. Urgent Need Remains for a Plan that is Proportionate to Magnitude of Crisis

Yesterday a Republican-proposed COVID relief package failed to pass the U.S. Senate. While West Virginia's communities desperately need additional relief, the provisions included in this legislation were far too meager to meet the immediate and ongoing needs of our state and people. WVCBP interim executive director stated in a press release yesterday: "Today's COVID proposal,…

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September 4, 2020 by WVCBP
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. Last spring, West Virginia applied…

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August 28, 2020 by WVCBP
Without Congressional Action, Thousands of Unemployed West Virginians Could Exhaust Jobless Benefits This Year

Last month, Congress allowed the CARES Act's $600 boost to weekly unemployment benefits to expire. It was replaced with a temporary and inadequate executive order providing funding for enhanced benefits that West Virginia has applied for but has yet to receive. And now, another unemployment provision of the CARES Act is about to run out for thousands of West Virginians: the…

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August 14, 2020 by WVCBP
Recent Executive Orders Woefully Insufficient to Meet Pressing Needs

In executive orders issued on Saturday, August 8th, the President announced plans to address the eviction crisis, expired unemployment insurance benefits, student loan relief, and a payroll tax cut. President Trump's executive actions are far too meager, ineffective, and legally dubious to address the crisis that families in West Virginia and across the nation are…

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August 7, 2020 by WVCBP
What Does West Virginia’s Revenue Picture Tell Us About the Economy?

This week, 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 million…

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July 31, 2020 by WVCBP
Safe Communities in West Virginia: A Conversation About Policing

This Monday, August 3, join national expert Professor Alex Vitale and state and local leaders for an in-depth discussion on redefining policing and public safety in West Virginia. Professor Vitale will give a presentation about the research and analysis in his book The End of Policing which he summarizes this way: "I would say that we over-rely…

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July 24, 2020 by WVCBP
Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic are Leading to Housing Insecurity in West Virginia

The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt strongly in West Virginia. In just a matter of weeks, the state lost 92,000 jobs and the unemployment rate spiked to 15.9 percent. As West Virginia has begun to reopen, some jobs have returned, but the unemployment rate remains above 10.0 percent, more than double its pre-pandemic…

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July 10, 2020 by WVCBP
How to Best Use West Virginia’s $1.25 Billion in CARES Act Funding

Last month, Governor Justice unveiled his plan for using the $1.25 billion in CARES Act funding that West Virginia received to help the state respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Treasury Department guidance forbids states from using the funds to offset revenue losses due to the pandemic, limiting what states can do with the funding. This is unfortunate, as West…

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