If legislators cut, it's up to non-profits
It will be a hard year for the poor in West Virginia, if a legislative proposal to cut the state's welfare budget is accepted by Gov. Bob Wise. If so, private individuals and non-profits will have to be ready to bridge the gap.
Wise got the report from the a group called the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Advisory Council, which spent three months looking at ways to trim $90 million from the state's welfare budget.
Spared were almost all of the funds committed to providing direct cash payments of $453 a month to struggling families. But lawmakers recommended chopping half of the funds that had been earmarked for support services for the working poor.
Those items that would be cut include child care, workforce advocacy, education and transportation. Some of those funds could be restored if the legislature adds more cash and if the department can be administered more efficiently.