Mountain State Spotlight – After sitting on hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid for much of the pandemic, Gov. Jim Justice has at the 11th hour earmarked the last of West Virginia’s CARES Act money to food banks and emergency responders — but also to longer-term programs with few details yet announced. Read the full article.
The governor said details of a $22 million back-to-work program, the largest single expenditure included in the last-minute announcement, would come later.
Justice’s announcement on the day before Christmas Eve included $7.25 million for food pantries and homeless shelters. The governor earmarked $10 million for an emergency management crisis fund for first responders.