New Report Explains How Governments Can Leverage Federal Funds to Partner with Local Nonprofits


Brian Skinner ARPA, Government & Policy, Local Government, State Fiscal & Economic Policy

By Brian Skinner, Esq.  The National Council of Nonprofits has issued a report on how state and local governments can partner with nonprofit organizations in their communities to use relief funds distributed through the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) by expanding existing programs or creating new ones.   Congress expressly declared in the ARPA that state, local, Tribal, and territorial governments may use their allocations of the $350 billion in Coronavirus …Read More

West Virginia and American Rescue Plan Act Funds


Brian Skinner ARPA, Budget, COVID-19, Government & Policy, State Fiscal & Economic Policy

By Brian Skinner, Esq. State governments, including West Virginia, are beginning to receive the first allocations from $193.5 billion in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The ARPA, signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021, establishes the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund.  The Fiscal Recovery Funds are intended to provide support to …Read More

Debriefing the 2021 WV Legislative Session – Broadband


Brian Skinner Broadband, Legislation
Broadband

By Brian Skinner, Esq. After months of discussion, the legislature enacted H.B. 2002, creating a statutory framework to support, encourage, and expedite the expansion of broadband throughout the state. The bill, passed the Senate unanimously and the House with just one dissenting vote, was signed by the Governor on April 28, 2021, and becomes effective …Read More

Debriefing the 2021 WV Legislative Session – Oil & Gas


Brian Skinner Gas and Oil, Legislation
Oil and gas

By Brian Skinner, Esq. Oil and gas issues were not at the top of the 85th West Virginia Legislature’s agenda during its first regular session. Only one bill directly related to the industry was enacted. Senate Bill 404 amends the Natural Gas Horizontal Well Control Act by authorizing the state Department of Environmental Protection to …Read More

Debriefing the 2021 WV Legislative Session – Labor


Brian Skinner Labor, Legislation
Workers

By Brian Skinner, Esq. The 2021 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature saw a continuation Republican supermajority’s efforts to transform the state’s labor laws by passing legislation on the classification of workers, the regulation of contractors, the manner in which public employee union dues may be collected and clarifying that work stoppages by public …Read More

Debriefing the 2021 WV Legislative Session – Health Care Practitioners


Brian Skinner Health Care, Legislation
Health Care

By Brian Skinner, Esq. In a year where COVID-19 resulted in health care issues dominating the news, the West Virginia Legislature considered several health care related bills including legislation to increase patient access to health care, address the cost of health care, and limit the liability of health care providers for COVID-19 related treatment. This article …Read More

Debriefing the 2021 WV Legislative Session – Domestic Violence


Brian Skinner Domestic Violence, Legislation
Domestic violence

By Brian Skinner, Esq. The 85th West Virginia Legislature spent little time on domestic violence issues during its first regular session. Although, several bills were introduced to strengthen the state’s response to domestic violence, few received any consideration and only one was enacted. House Bill 2830, passed by the legislature and approved by Governor on …Read More

Debriefing the 2021 WV Legislative Session – COVID-19


Brian Skinner COVID-19, Legislation
COVID-19

By Brian Skinner, Esq. As expected, one of the priorities of the Legislature going into the 2021 regular session was addressing the concerns of businesses and health care providers that they were likely to beset by a wave of pandemic-related lawsuits seeking to blame them for customer, patient, or employee exposure to COVID-19. In response …Read More

Bipartisan Policy Center Forming Opioid Task Force


Brian Skinner Opioid Drug Crisis
Opioids

The United States, especially West Virginia, is seeing significant increases in drug addiction and overdose deaths while at the same time battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Preliminary CDC data show that more than 90,000 Americans died from drug overdose deaths from October 2019 to September 2020, a nearly 30% increase from the previous year. The Substance Abuse and …Read More

Never overlook the value the WVDSCS provides to seniors The following is from an article in the @heralddispatch about the Barboursville Senior Center reopening: The doors opened once more Tuesday, with many local seniors waiting just outside the building. https://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/barboursville-senior-center-reopens/article_b7d26197-bd1d-5ef9-b38a-76284cc7605c.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Helping Drug Users Survive, Not Abstain: ‘Harm Reduction’ Gains Federal Support https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/27/health/overdose-harm-reduction-covid.html?referringSource=articleShare

Investor enthusiasm remains high for exchange-traded funds that track renewable-energy indexes, even though they have posted double-digit declines so far this year https://on.wsj.com/3h6jWPa

Hot and humid weather continues with scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms.
☀ Limit outdoor work in the afternoon. Take frequent breaks
☀ Stay hydrated
☀ Check pets and kids frequently
☀ Know the signs of heat illness http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html
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