WVCBP in the News

September 16, 2021 by Kelly Allen
ReImagine Appalachia Urges Manchin to Support “Build Back Better”

Pennsylvania Business Report - ReImagine Appalachia, an organization of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia labor leaders, policy experts and community leaders, urged U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to support President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” legislation in an open letter Sunday. Read the full article. Published as a full-page ad in the Charleston Gazette-Mail,…

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September 14, 2021 by Seth DiStefano
Child Tax Credit Program Takes Burden Off Families Locally and Across the Nation

WTRF - COVID-19 has taken a toll on many families. But, families who were just barely getting by are getting a boost, with the help of the expanded Child Tax Credit Program. Read the full article. Like other families, Jenny Showalter, who lives in Wheeling, knows the impact of the expanded Child Tax Credit program.…

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September 14, 2021 by WVCBP
‘Reentry Councils’ and Resources After Incarceration

Point Pleasant Register - The West Virginia Reentry Councils organization is now hosting meetings for the Mason County area to help support those coming out of incarceration and help them rejoin the community. Read the full article. West Virginia Reentry Councils is a group established by the West Virginia Council of Churches with the goal…

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September 13, 2021 by Quenton King
WV Jails Have More Inmates Now than When Lawmakers Passed Bail Reform in 2020

Charleston Gazette-Mail, Opera News - More people are currently incarcerated in West Virginia’s regional jails than there were in 2020, when the Legislature passed a bail reform law meant to decrease the state’s jail population. Read the full article. That includes 2,681 people who have not been convicted of a crime. All of the state’s regional jails…

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September 13, 2021 by WVCBP
ARP Funds Could Help WV Schools Address Mental-Health Needs

Public News Service - Degrading mental health among the nation's K-12 students over the past year and a half has alarmed health professionals. Experts say West Virginia could use federal funding to help address students' needs, at a time when the novel coronavirus crisis shows no signs of letting up. Read the full article. Tamicah Owens…

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September 10, 2021 by Kelly Allen
Appalachian Activists Push Manchin to Support Reconciliation

Climate Wire - Climate advocates in Appalachia are urging Sen. Joe Manchin (D) to drop his opposition to the Biden administration’s $3.5 trillion “human infrastructure” package. Read the full article. They say the measure, along with the $1.2 trillion investment package awaiting action in the House of Representatives, would provide billions of dollars to one…

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September 7, 2021 by Kelly Allen
Poll: More than Half Say W.Va. Economy ‘on the Wrong Track’

West Virginia MetroNews - A little more than half of West Virginia residents believe the state’s economy is on the wrong track. Read the full article. That’s according to the latest MetroNews West Virginia Poll, which surveyed 400 registered voters August 20-25. Fifty-four percent of respondents said the state’s economy is headed the wrong way.…

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September 6, 2021 by WVCBP
How Unions Saved West Virginia Miners from Industrial Oppression

WOWK, Opera News - On Inside West Virginia Politics, Myya Helm is a research associate for the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy who helped write their annual report called “Labor, Race, and Solidarity.” Her study showed the division between Black, White and European miners — the immigrants who came in to fill the…

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