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April 27, 2021

West Virginia Looking at Financial and Political Losses from U.S. Census Data

WOWK – West Virginia had the sharpest loss of any state in the nation, with a population drop of 3.2%. When Congress allocates federal funding for everything from health care to public transit to highway construction and education, it’s based on population. Because West Virginia lost people, it’s going to lose federal aid. Watch the full segment.

“What it’s going to mean is we’re going to see a smaller amount coming through. There’s about $6 billion dollars in federal aid that is tied to census data. Depending on how many people are in your state, depends on how much money you get,” said Sean O’Leary from the WV Center on Budget and Policy.

The Legislature will have to re-draw the district lines for 100 House of Delegate seats and 34 State Senate seats. And West Virginia will lose one of its three seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Right now David McKinley, Alex Mooney, and Carol Miller have seats in Congress, but one of them will be out of a job in 2022.

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