West Virginia MetroNews – Gov. Jim Justice submitted a bill meant to transfer $678 million in federal American Rescue Plan dollars to state development funds. Not everybody thinks that’s a great idea.
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House Bill 2883 calls for $500 million to be transferred to the state Economic Development Authority, a $177 million transfer to the state Water Development Authority and another $1 million to be transferred to Marshall University.
Twenty-one people spoke against the transfer during a public hearing at the state Capitol on Thursday. All said there are more urgent uses for the money, and several contended such a transfer would be against the spirit and the letter of the federal covid relief funding.