Safety Net

August 12, 2022 by Kelly Allen
Senate Climate Bill has West Virginia Written All Over It

AP, 95.5WSB - The sprawling economic package passed by the U.S. Senate this week has a certain West Virginia flavor. Read the full article. The package, passed with no Republican votes, could be read largely as an effort to help West Virginia look to the future without turning away entirely from its roots. The bill…

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June 9, 2022 by Rhonda Rogombe
Housing Insecurity in West Virginia Remains Elevated Despite Economic Recovery

Housing insecurity has been a particularly insidious aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent recession as households’ collective ability to contain the illness relies on their ability to isolate themselves at home. There are several additional factors to consider here, but at its core, the question remains: if you are facing eviction or foreclosure, where…

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June 9, 2022 by WVCBP
Many West Virginians Could be Getting Internet for Less, or for Free. If They’re Not, it May be Because No One’s Told Them.

Mountain State Spotlight, Beckley Register-Herald - To have even a chance of getting a cell signal, Tabitha Wyatt used to balance her phone on her porch banister or bathroom windowsill. Read the full article. She and her family live in Russellville, an unincorporated community in Fayette County. Wyatt now relies on her internet service to…

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May 6, 2022 by Kelly Allen
Allen, Rosser: Congress Must Pass Reconciliation Package (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail - As we emerge from the pandemic, it’s a good time to take stock of what we’ve learned. Read the full op-ed. A big takeaway from the past two years is that government response matters. From the Paycheck Protection Program to the rollout of lifesaving vaccines, federal investments helped keep families and businesses…

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April 24, 2022 by WVCBP
New Study Details Impact of Expanded Child Tax Credit

West Virginia MetroNews - Last year’s child tax credit expansion provided families with a revenue source for routine expenses and essential items as well as funding for emergencies and addressing debt, according to a recent report. Read the full article. The Brookings Institution’s Global Economy and Development program released a study detailing the effects of the expanded…

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April 10, 2022 by WVCBP
West Virginians Lead Blockade of Coal Plant That Made Manchin Rich

Common Dreams, Raw Story, Salon, Scheer Post - Organizers of the "Coal Baron Blockade" protest which targeted right-wing Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin's coal empire Saturday afternoon reported that state police almost immediately began arresting campaigners who assembled in Grant Town, West Virginia. Read the full article. "Sen. Joe Manchin's policies hurt poor people and hurt our…

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March 23, 2022 by Rhonda Rogombe
Health Policy, the Social Safety Net, and the 2022 Legislative Session

The COVID-19 pandemic has now been ongoing for two years. Opioid overdose deaths are rising. Maternal and infant mortality rates are alarming. The number of children in the foster care system across our state continues to outpace the rest of the nation. Despite these realities, the West Virginia Legislature did very little to pass proactive health-…

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March 9, 2022 by Seth DiStefano
While WV Lawmakers Tackle Child Hunger, Their Inaction Will Push Thousands of Adults Off Emergency Food Assistance

Mountain State Spotlight, Beckley Register-Herald - More West Virginians will likely go hungry this fall, after lawmakers failed to extend a program for emergency food assistance. Read the full article. As many as 24,000 adult West Virginians could be pushed off of the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, starting in October, if they…

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