West Virginians’ suffering extended beyond sickness and death. The virus had dealt a powerful economic blow, with many state residents struggling to meet their basic needs. With the coming winter, that struggle was soon to intensify.
Yet, Gov. Jim Justice sat on the majority of the $1.25 billion in CARES Act money the state had received the April before. And the clock was ticking; only a few months remained until the end-of-December spending deadline.