June 15, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
Changes in Unemployment Come During the Next Week in West Virginia

West Virginia MetroNews - More than 8,000 state residents receiving unemployment benefits under a pandemic-related program are in their last week of receiving those benefits. Read the full article. Gov. Jim Justice announced last month that the additional $300 weekly benefit would end on June 19. WorkForce West Virginia acting Commissioner Scott Adkins said Tuesday independent…

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June 8, 2021 by WVCBP
Retired DEA Official Says Distributors were Put on Alert over Practices Years Before Opioid Crisis

Huntington Herald-Dispatch - A retired high-ranking official for the Drug Enforcement Administration testified in Charleston on Monday that distributors accused of fueling the region’s opioid crisis were on alert they needed to rein in their distribution practices as early as 2005. Read the full article. The distributors responded by bombarding the DEA with reports of…

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May 30, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
West Virginians Grapple with the Future of the State’s Energy Production

The Dominion Post - Mason Anderson is a 21-year-old contracted worker at Mobile Power Washing who works at the coal-fired Fort Martin power plant in Maidsville, West Virginia. Last year, he decided he wasn’t going to continue his education at West Virginia University in civil engineering. Instead, he decided to attend asynchronous courses at Salem…

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May 28, 2021 by Kelly Allen
Kelly Allen: WV Delegation Should Support Tax on Wealthy (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail - West Virginia’s bridges, dams, drinking water, roads and wastewater have received a D grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers, and 24% of the state’s residents live in a broadband desert. Furthermore, 54% live in a child care desert and 19% of children in the state live in poverty. Read the…

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May 27, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
States Tap Federal Aid to Shore up Empty Unemployment Funds

Brooklyn Daily Eagle - Businesses could be spared billions of dollars of higher taxes in coming years — potentially freeing up money to spend on employees or invest in their operations — as a result of federal coronavirus aid flowing to the states. Read the full article. Governors and lawmakers in more than half the…

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May 24, 2021 by WVCBP
TUESDAY: Down Payment on an Old Note

Beckley Register-Herald - For a state that has given much to build this nation of steel, laboring in the coal mines all these years, it is frustrating to watch West Virginia’s two U.S. senators stand in the way of the Biden administrative plan to repay a portion of that debt. Read the full article. Yes,…

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May 20, 2021 by Kelly Allen
Justice Praises Improved Unemployment Report, but Still Says Enhanced Benefits Must End

West Virginia MetroNews - Gov. Jim Justice touted West Virginia’s improving unemployment rate while also saying not enough residents are going back to work. Read the full article. The statements were in two different parts of his regular pandemic briefing today. In one, he touted this week’s report that West Virginia’s unemployment rate has dropped to 5.8…

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May 18, 2021 by Kelly Allen
Best Practices for Local and State Prioritization of American Rescue Plan Act Funds

Overview Read the full Fast Facts sheet here. Under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), states, cities, counties, U.S. territories, and tribal nations will receive a total of $350 billion in Fiscal Recovery Funds to respond to the COVID-19 emergency and help bring back jobs. In West Virginia, the state government will receive $1.355 billion…

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May 18, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
Analyst: End of Supplemental Unemployment Benefits Could Slow State’s Economic Recovery

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Gov. Jim Justice has joined 20 other Republican governors in announcing plans to end federal supplemental unemployment benefits, claiming “a lot, lot, lot of folks are scamming the system” by accepting the extra $300-a-week payment. Read the full article. Justice said Friday, and reiterated Monday, that he is ordering the $300 payments…

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