WVCBP in the News

January 12, 2022 by Kelly Allen
50K Kids in Joe Manchin’s Home State Could Sink into Deep Poverty Without Child Tax Credits

The Hill - Thousands of children in the state of West Virginia are facing the risk of falling into poverty, as the federal government remains in a gridlock over continuing a child tax credit program — one that West Virginia’s own senator opposes. Read the full article. Since July 2021, millions of families across the country began receiving special payments from the federal government under the advanced child…

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January 12, 2022 by WVCBP
Lawmakers Promised to Help West Virginia’s Coalfield Communities. As the Session Begins, Their Plan for Doing So Remains Unclear

Mountain State Spotlight - Last summer, House of Delegates leaders from both parties announced a key new panel of lawmakers they promised was “dedicated to developing proposals to help revitalize West Virginia’s communities.” Read the full article. The group traveled the state, hosting meetings and asking residents for ideas on how to help communities struggling from the…

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January 12, 2022 by Kelly Allen
West Virginians Scramble to Get By After Manchin Kills Child Tax Credits

The Guardian, Eminetra - Last fall, Krista Greene missed a week of work after her sons were exposed to Covid and could not return to school. Greene, who manages a tutoring center and yoga studio in Charleston, West Virginia, does not receive any paid time off. Normally, she would have been worried about this loss of…

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January 11, 2022 by Sean O'Leary
WV Has a Long History of Failed Economic Giveaways. Lawmakers Just Rushed Through Another Deal Worth a Billion Dollars

Mountain State Spotlight - On Tuesday, West Virginia lawmakers were set to hear testimony about an area where the state could be leading the way on economic policy: Elimination of special tax break deals targeted to land specific new development projects. Read the full article. George Mason University researcher Michael Farren was the key witness. He was…

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January 10, 2022 by WVCBP
Dan Heyman: Fighting Climate Change Isn’t So Overwhelming (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail - If you don’t think the climate is changing, consider that Charleston used to have its first big snowfall around Thanksgiving. This year it was after New Year. And even West Virginians who see climate change as abstract and distant are watching confused daffodils sprouting in their yards in December and picking ticks…

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January 8, 2022 by Sean O'Leary
Statehouse Beat: Justice’s Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Mark Twain popularized the phrase, “Lies, damn lies and statistics,” and that saying came to mind last week reading news accounts about a small net positive migration of new residents into the state during fiscal 2020-21. Read the full article. First cited by the director of a state right-wing think tank (right-wing…

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January 7, 2022 by WVCBP
Stimulus Check Update: Talks Reopen for Fourth Stimulus Check

The Ascent - We've been writing for months that there's little chance of a fourth check hitting bank accounts anytime soon. The stock market is up, more people are back to work (or starting their own businesses), and most Republicans are dead set against more assistance to the American people. Read the full article. Just as we…

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