Safety Net

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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March 6, 2022 by WVCBP
Manchin, Capito Reflect on Biden’s First State of the Union

West Virginia MetroNews - West Virginia’s U.S. senators are not committed to passing President Joe Biden’s agenda as presented during last week’s State of the Union address, but Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., recognize possible areas for congressional action. Read the full article. Biden used the 62-minute speech to reinforce the United States’…

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March 2, 2022 by WVCBP
Terry Pickett: Help Keep Vital Food Program Alive (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail - What if you could turn $20 into $40? What if that money could improve the health of your family, giving you the ability to buy fresh fruits and vegetables while freeing up money to pay for much-needed medications? What if, at the same time, that money could improve the economy of your…

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February 16, 2022 by WVCBP
This Would Be a Fascinating Way to Ensure Accountability

The News-Herald - I’ve written many times about the concept; about the relationship between accountability and responsibility, for example. Read the full op-ed. Unfortunately, too often we need to use the word in tandem with the phrase “lack of.” Which is best exemplified by what we often see — or don’t see — from our…

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February 14, 2022 by Seth DiStefano
West Virginia Stockpiled $110 Million in Welfare Funds Despite Pandemic, Soaring Hunger Numbers

Mountain State Spotlight, Fayette Tribune - West Virginia is sitting on more than $110 million in unspent welfare funds from a federal program that gives families — mostly children — money for essentials like food, clothes and rent. Read the full article. Meanwhile, state food banks reported soaring hunger numbers amid the pandemic, and in December,…

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