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November 9, 2022 by WVCBP
As Prices Climb, WV Families Face Hardship Without Child Tax Credit

Public News Service - Some parents said they have struggled to make ends meet after federal monthly Child Tax Credit payments of between $300 and $360 a month per child stopped last December. Without the extra cash, some West Virginians anticipate not being able to afford basic necessities as consumer goods and gas prices continue…

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November 1, 2022 by Kelly Allen
‘I feel hopeless’: Thousands of West Virginia Essential Workers Will Lose Child Care Subsidies as Federal Pandemic Relief Runs Out

Mountain State Spotlight, West Virginia Daily News, Beckley Register-Herald - Holland Cole grabs a tiny fist full of pink Play-Doh and kneads it. Next to her sits a box full of art supplies for sculpting trees, hearts, butterflies or anything a preschooler could desire. Her friend, 3-year-old Ayda James, molds purple and blue ponies, while…

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August 26, 2022 by WVCBP
CARES Stipulations make Spending Funds Difficult

Beckley Register-Herald - Last year, when funding from the CARES Act started flowing in to local and state governments across the country, many were hopeful about all the good that money could do in the wake of the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full article. However, organizations in Beckley found that multiple…

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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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