WVCBP in the News

May 3, 2021 by Seth DiStefano
Why Are Children and Frontline Workers a Part of Biden’s Infrastructure Bill?

WOWK - On Inside West Virginia Politics, Seth DiStefano from the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy office says he supports President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan, which affects the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit. Watch the full segment. “When it comes to West Virginia kids and West Virginia working families, there…

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May 3, 2021 by Seth DiStefano
How Would the Infrastructure Bill, Expanding Broadband Impact WV?

WOWK - This week on Inside West Virginia Politics, officials from West Virginia and beyond discuss President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill, how West Virginia is expanding broadband, and how a donation to a university in West Virginia will help undergrad students. Watch the full segment. In Segment 1, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R) Kentucky shares his…

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May 3, 2021 by WVCBP
Drug Overdose Deaths Hit Record High in West Virginia in 2020

WSWS - West Virginia, the national epicenter of the opioid crisis for the past decade, saw its fatal overdose rate spike by at least 45 percent in 2020 according to data from the state Office of the Chief Medical Officer. The increase is a reversal of two years of declining drug deaths and marks a…

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April 29, 2021 by WVCBP
Hepatitis Detection Efforts in West Virginia Get Nearly $400K Boost

Hep Mag - The federal government has awarded West Virginia about $393,000 for viral hepatitis surveillance, according to an announcement from the state’s U.S. senators, Republican Shelly More Capito and Democrat Joe Manchin. Of that funding, $78,659 has been set aside to explore how the opioid epidemic affects rates of infectious diseases such as hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS. Read the full article.…

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April 27, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
West Virginia Looking at Financial and Political Losses from U.S. Census Data

WOWK - West Virginia had the sharpest loss of any state in the nation, with a population drop of 3.2%. When Congress allocates federal funding for everything from health care to public transit to highway construction and education, it’s based on population. Because West Virginia lost people, it’s going to lose federal aid. Watch the…

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April 26, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
What West Virginia’s Population Loss Means for the State’s Future

Mountain State Spotlight, WDTV, News Break, Opera News - The first round of 2020 U.S. Census data is in, and as expected, West Virginia has lost more residents and another congressional seat. Read the full article. There are 1,793,716 people living in the Mountain State.  There are also an additional 1,329 West Virginians living overseas, such as U.S. military members…

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April 23, 2021 by Renee Alves
Under-funded by Lawmakers, WV Health Departments will Now Lose Authority, Too

Mountain State Spotlight, Beckley Register-Herald, WDTV, Yahoo News, Opera News - Five years ago, West Virginia lawmakers cut state funding to local health departments by 25%. Read the full article. The move — equivalent to an annual loss of $4 million — was a hit to the infrastructure that supports the well-being of our communities: the local workers…

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