Income and Work

November 15, 2021 by WVCBP
Groups Urge Manchin to Support Child Tax Credit, Build Back Better Act

West Virginia MetroNews - A group of West Virginians gathered outside of Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) Charleston office Monday, urging him to defend the child tax credit and pass the Build Back Better Act. Read the full article. The handful of leaders did so in a unique way, in the giving of a quilt that featured stories…

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November 8, 2021 by WVCBP
UHC’s Orthopaedic Campaign Helps Children in North Central West Virginia

The Exponent Telegram - The Bruce Carter United Orthopaedic and Spine Center is holding the annual “Coats for Kids” drive to provide children in need with a coat this holiday season. Read the full article. Information from Child Trends provides that 17.5% of American children live in poverty. West Virginia has the seventh highest child poverty rate…

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October 28, 2021 by Rhonda Rogombe
Expanded Child Tax Credit Could Improve WV Education. Manchin has Suggested Limiting It.

Charleston Gazette-Mail, Huntington Herald-Dispatch, Williamson Daily News - West Virginia's senior senator has suggested restricting a program currently sending families $250-$300 per month, per child -- a move that could hamper education outcomes and reduce the number of children in the state receiving the benefit by more than half. Read the full article. According to…

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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 23, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
Statehouse Beat: A Not-So-Super Week for WV’s GOP Supermajority

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Last week was an eye-opener at the Legislature. Read the full article. Not because Senate President Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, compared vaccine mandates to Nazi Germany. Not because Sen. Mike Maroney, R-Marshall, got so upset with the shady, secret, closed-door backroom dealings going on that he blurted out a curse word on the Senate floor.

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October 20, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
With Unvaccinated Accounting for 93% of WV COVID-19 Deaths, Dr. Marsh Reinforces Need for Shots

Charleston Gazette-Mail - West Virginia’s COVID-19 death toll reached 4,219 Wednesday, including 2,878 deaths of unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals since vaccines became available, a point state coronavirus czar Dr. Clay Marsh drove home during the state COVID-19 briefing. Read the full article. Since COVID-19 vaccines became available last December, the virus has killed 3,102…

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