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October 26, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
Five Scary Charts About West Virginia in 2021

It's Halloween week -- time to get spooky! Who needs ghost stories when you have spine-tingling bars and trend lines? Here are five ghoulish charts about West Virginia in 2021 that will make your bones rattle and your blood curdle. At the beginning of the pandemic, West Virginia lost an unprecedented 101,000 jobs as total…

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October 25, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
Investing in West Virginia to Create Opportunities and Renew Our State

This blog post, co-authored by the Keystone Research Center's executive director Stephen Herzenberg and the WVCBP’s senior policy analyst Sean O'Leary, was originally published by the ReImagine Appalachia coalition. West Virginia is at the center of the national political storm surrounding the need to invest in infrastructure, in families, and in combating climate change. Notably, West Virginia…

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October 24, 2021 by Seth DiStefano
Sen. Joe Manchin Wants to Restrict Who Gets the Child Tax Credit. These West Virginians May Pay the Price if He Gets His Way.

Washington Post - Cable news flickered on the flat-screen television in Ruth and James Jones’s living room. The CNN ticker read: “Biden lowers spending bill price in effort to lure Manchin and Sinema.” The couple watched and listened. Read the full article. They are raising two grandchildren, ages 10 and 17, on a limited income…

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October 21, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
West Virginians are Disappointed in Joe Manchin

Sierra - In mid-October, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a Democrat, announced he would forgo the prosperity of his constituents and their descendants by refusing to vote for a climate measure billed as the nation’s last-ditch effort to secure a livable future. Read the full article. That measure is the Clean Electricity Payment Program, or CEPP, a…

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October 20, 2021 by Seth DiStefano
Joe Manchin Isn’t Moved by Dem Attacks—He’s Emboldened By Them

The Daily Beast - When activists paddled their kayaks to Sen. Joe Manchin’s houseboat in Washington, D.C., earlier this month to protest the West Virginia Democrat’s opposition to a $3.5 trillion social welfare bill, what they encountered was a man very comfortable with being heckled. Read the full article. Like others who have pressured Manchin to…

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October 18, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
‘It’s Just Hard to Find Somebody’: Navigating Childcare During the COVID Pandemic

Jackson Newspapers - Patricia Kelly, owner of Precious Memories Kid Care, said it's always been difficult finding childcare employees, but the pandemic has made it worse. Read the full article. COVID-19 caused several of Patricia Kelly's childcare employees to leave. For some, they quit out of caution to stay safe and healthy, others were terminated because…

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October 18, 2021 by Seth DiStefano
The Money of Politics: What’s Happening in West Virginia and Washington DC

WOWK - On this week’s episode of Inside West Virginia Politics, Charleston Mayor Amy Goodwin discusses her request for a special session of the West Virginia Legislature and Governor Jim Justice’s reaction. She also talks about what the city has been doing with federal funding and how events returning to Charleston have affected the city’s…

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October 14, 2021 by WVCBP
Media Advisory: Child Tax Credit Roundtable Tomorrow, Oct. 15 at 10am

For Immediate Release: October 14, 2021Contact: Renee Alves, 304-720-8682 Charleston, WV – The American Rescue Plan has been providing families with monthly installments of the Child Tax Credit since July, but the expanded program will expire on December 31 unless Congress acts to extend it. Families with children receive $300 for each child under age 6 and…

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