Income and Work

January 21, 2022 by Sean O'Leary
W.Va. Economists Talk Jobs, Workforce Participation And Nucor

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - This week on The Legislature Today, West Virginians weigh in on a controversial piece of legislation. As health reporter June Leffler reports, pro-life and pro-choice residents spoke on two abortion bills at a public hearing Monday in front of state lawmakers. Listen to the full segment. Also, in this show, energy…

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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 7, 2022 by Sean O'Leary
As Leaders Eye Changes to the State’s Unemployment System, There’s Lots of Potential to Hurt West Virginians

Mountain State Spotlight, Beckley Register-Herald, My Buckhannon - When the pandemic hit West Virginia in the spring of 2020, the symptoms were immediate, even before cases and deaths were close to their peak: Shutdowns and public health concerns forced thousands of state residents out of their jobs. Read the full article. Continued unemployment claims skyrocketed from…

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December 2, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
Severance Taxes, Stimulus Funds, Timing Boost November State Revenue Collections

Charleston Gazette-Mail, Huntington Herald-Dispatch - Bolstered by another month of strong severance tax collection, the ongoing influx of billions of dollars of federal pandemic stimulus funds and plain old good timing, West Virginia tax collection for November came in at $435.6 million, or $88.03 million higher than projected, figures released by the Senate Finance Committee…

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November 30, 2021 by WVCBP
Sen. Joe Manchin Isn’t Committing to Extending the Biden Child Tax Credit that 346,000 West Virginia Children are Getting

Business Insider - On Tuesday, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia didn't commit to approving the one-year child tax credit expansion as it's laid out in the $2 trillion House-approved social spending package. It raises the prospect of further changes to the proposed cash benefit. "Everybody's still talking," Manchin told Insider. "Everybody's still talking and…

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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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