Safety Net

May 11, 2023 by Rhonda Rogombe
Arriving At The New Normal

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - Today, Thursday, May 11, the U.S. officially canceled the designation of COVID-19 as a public health emergency in the country. Read the full article. Also this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) removed its designation for COVID-19 as a “global health emergency.” For the first time in more than three…

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March 23, 2023 by Rhonda Rogombe
Health Policy, the Social Safety Net, and the 2023 Legislative Session

West Virginia has long faced significant health-related challenges, many of which could have been meaningfully addressed by bills introduced during the 2023 legislative session. Maternal and infant mortality rates continue to rise nationally, and the most recent pre-pandemic state data indicated that infant mortality in West Virginia outpaces the national rate.[1] Opioid overdose deaths continue to take the…

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March 8, 2023 by Seth DiStefano
Thousands of West Virginia Families May Lose Some of Their SNAP Benefits

WOWK - More families than ever are worried about putting food on the table right now. It’s because of a major decrease in food stamp, or SNAP, benefits. Read the full article. SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. When COVID-19 hit, the federal government gave people extra SNAP benefits. West Virginia has 167,000…

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February 8, 2023 by Kelly Allen
Proposal to Give COVID-19 Funds to EDA Draws Ire

Williamson Daily News - Legislation that would give $500 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding to the West Virginia Economic Development Authority met with protest Thursday during a public hearing to discuss the proposal. Read the full article. The state has $677 million in unallocated federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. House Bill 2883 would…

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February 4, 2023 by Kelly Allen
West Virginia’s Surplus Tax Revenue, COVID Dollars Come Under Scrutiny

West Virginia News, Weirton Daily Times - West Virginia is sitting on hundreds of millions of dollars in excess tax revenue and federal COVID-19 relief dollars that lawmakers must consider what to do with. Members of the public are also weighing in on where that money should go. Read the full article. According to the…

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February 2, 2023 by Kelly Allen
Citizens Want to Put Brakes on Transfer of Federal Relief Dollars to Development Fund

West Virginia MetroNews - Gov. Jim Justice submitted a bill meant to transfer $678 million in federal American Rescue Plan dollars to state development funds. Not everybody thinks that’s a great idea. Read the full article. House Bill 2883 calls for $500 million to be transferred to the state Economic Development Authority, a $177 million transfer to the state…

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January 20, 2023 by Seth DiStefano
Joe Manchin Has Tortured Dems. Now They Need Him Again.

Daily Beast - For the last two years, whenever Sen. Joe Manchin opened his mouth, many Democrats got ready to wince—it usually meant he was about to dismiss or pump the brakes on one of the party’s agenda items. Read the full article. But now, Democrats are anxious for the word from Manchin on something…

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