budget cuts

Child Poverty
9:52 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Our Children, Our Future Campaign Reveals 2015 Legislative Agenda

Credit Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

According the 2013 American Community Survey, one in three children in West Virginia under the age of 5 lives in poverty. It’s something the Our Children, Our Future Campaign to End Child Poverty in West Virginia is focused on. The group met at the state capitol yesterday to reveal the top ten priorities it will tackle during the 2015 Legislative Session.

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Aging & Disability Centers
12:47 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Seven W.Va. Aging Resource Centers Closing Due to Cuts

Bureau for Senior Services Commissioner Robert Roswall

The state is closing seven Aging and Disability Resource Centers because of budget cuts.

The centers help seniors and residents with disabilities find and apply for services and resources to help them live independently.

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Public Safety
9:21 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Gubernatorial Cuts Halt State Police Unit Expansion

The West Virginia State Police Academy in Institute, W.Va.
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In the weeks following the 2014 legislative session, a group of activists proved that standing up for what you believe in can sometimes make a difference. After letters, meetings and rallies at the Capitol, organizations that provide children and family services got their funding restored by the legislature during a special session.

Despite the ability of those groups to get their funding back after gubernatorial cuts, not every agency or organization was able to do the same. For instance, a program that won’t be expanding this year due to a lack of state money, the West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children Unit.

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Higher Education
9:21 am
Tue June 17, 2014

WVU Continues Belt-Tightening With $20 Million Target

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West Virginia University continues to tighten its belt to achieve approximately $20 million in budget cuts.

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Higher Education
9:29 am
Mon June 16, 2014

WVU Addresses Budget Cuts, Eliminates Positions

  West Virginia University has eliminated more than 100 positions as it addresses budget cuts.

The Dominion Post reports that 68 vacant positions have been eliminated. Forty-three positions were eliminated when workers either retired or resigned. Another 13.5 positions were part of a reduction in the workforce.

Several departments have been combined, restructured or eliminated.

The university has seen about $20 million in budget cuts in the past couple of fiscal years.

Budget Woes
2:32 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

W.Va. Bishop Calls for Restoration of Program Cuts

Bishop Michael Bransfield
Credit Bethany Romanek / The Wheeling News Register

The spiritual leader of West Virginia's Roman Catholic Church is urging state officials to restore funding the governor cut from some social services programs.

Bishop Michael J. Bransfield said the cuts will place children and families in poverty at further risk.

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Budget Woes
3:42 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Lawmakers Joining Fight to Restore Child, Family Funding

Delegate Linda Phillips, Chair of the Select Committee on Crimes Against Children, spoke at a press conference concerning budget cuts to children and family programs Thursday at the Capitol.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Lawmakers are joining community action groups in asking the governor to restore funding to what they call critical childhood and domestic violence programs across the state.

The cuts came after the 2014 legislative session in the form of a line item veto- one that took $1.06 million from in-home family education, domestic violence services and child advocacy centers.

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Higher Education
4:25 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Report Says West Virginia is Behind in Higher Education Funding

This graphic details higher education spending for the 13-14 fiscal year, according to the new report.

A new report says West Virginia’s lagging way behind nationally in funding for higher education. While West Virginia continues to cut in that department, many other states are allocating more dollars.

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Budget Vet
12:53 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Cuts or Vetoes Nearly $67 Million in Budget

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The budget bill signed Thursday by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin makes line item vetoes and cuts totaling nearly $67 million. Programs affected include those for seniors, children, libraries, State Police, higher education workforce development, and the newly formed Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Commission.

In a letter to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant dated Wednesday, March 19, Tomblin outlined 42 objections to the budget that was passed by the legislature last week.

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10:44 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Food stamps will get cut by $5 billion this week — and more cuts could follow

An automatic cut to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp benefits, will begin taking effect Friday impacting the bottom line of nearly 300,000 West Virginians. That means the average family of three’s benefits will be cut by $29, or 16 meals, a month based on numbers from the U.S. Agriculture Department. The Washington Post has more on how these cuts will impact not just West Virginians, but struggling families across the country.
The U.S. food-stamp program is set to shrink in the months ahead. The only real question is by how much. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) currently costs about $80 billion per year and provides food aid to 14 percent of all U.S. households - some 47 million people.