Safety Net

February 14, 2022 by WVCBP
New Brief Highlights Urgent Need for WV Lawmakers to Take Action to Preserve Critical SNAP Flexibilities

For Immediate Release: February 14, 2022Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV – In May 2016, West Virginia implemented a pilot program that placed time limits on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility for adults without children in the home (officially referred to as "abled-bodied adults without dependents" or "ABAWDs") across nine counties. Under these time limits, those affected were…

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February 14, 2022 by Rhonda Rogombe
West Virginia Policymakers Will Soon Lose Power to Use SNAP Flexibilities to Address Economic Downturns if Action is Not Taken

Background In May 2016, West Virginia implemented a pilot program that placed time limits on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility for adults without children in the home (officially referred to as “able-bodied adults without dependents” or “ABAWDs”) across nine counties. Under these time limits, those affected were ineligible for SNAP if they could not…

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January 28, 2022 by WVCBP
Gov. Justice’s Rocketship is Running Out of Fuel

Beckley Register-Herald - It is simply laughable that Gov. Jim Justice, at every turn, criticizes President Joe Biden and his administration for everything unrelated to the state of affairs in West Virginia – from “open borders” with Mexico to our nation’s exit from the war in Afghanistan – while taking full credit for an economic…

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January 19, 2022 by WVCBP
Child Tax Credit: What Parents Need to Know to Get the Rest of the Payment in 2022

Good Morning America, ABC News - For millions of parents across the country, the New Year has started off without a monthly deposit from the child tax credit expansion, a deposit of several hundred dollars that parents had relied on since July, when the expansion went into effect. Read the full article. "That was the only income…

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January 19, 2022 by Sean O'Leary
Coal Miners Weren’t Happy When Joe Manchin Derailed Build Back Better

Sierra Club Magazine - When West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin III, a well-known coal baron, withdrew support from the Build Back Better agenda, the Biden administration’s landmark climate and social safety net bill, an influential coal mining union was quick to respond. Read the full article. The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), a labor union formed in…

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January 18, 2022 by WVCBP
Letter: Bring On the ‘Biden Bucks’

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript - Get those Biden Bucks flowing! But they're not. Because Sen. Joe Manchin has a problem with helping folks who need it. And why? Because he wants a work requirement. Or is he just plain stingy, while his Senate colleagues stand frozen in the face of the irremovable Senate filibuster? Read the full…

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January 17, 2022 by Sean O'Leary
Unemployment Reform Bills Are Another Attack on Workers

On the first day of the 2022 legislative session, the West Virginia Senate introduced bills that would make major changes to the state's unemployment insurance system, to the detriment of the state's workers. While Senate Bill 3 would add additional strict work search requirements for unemployed workers collecting unemployment insurance, Senate Bill 2 would reduce…

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January 12, 2022 by Kelly Allen
50K Kids in Joe Manchin’s Home State Could Sink into Deep Poverty Without Child Tax Credits

The Hill - Thousands of children in the state of West Virginia are facing the risk of falling into poverty, as the federal government remains in a gridlock over continuing a child tax credit program — one that West Virginia’s own senator opposes. Read the full article. Since July 2021, millions of families across the country began receiving special payments from the federal government under the advanced child…

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