The Federal Government has sent West Virginia 1.25 billion dollars to help our economy recover from the effects of the COVID-19 shutdown, but Republicans have stashed it in a bank account. They're hoping the Federal Government will change the rules on how to spend it; House Democrats think that money needs spent in a way that helps West Virginians who are suffering now.
Option A: Fund the Small Business Emergency Relief Fund for West Virginia owned businesses who missed out on Federal small business loans.
Option B: Backfill the state’s budget to ensure necessary services (including road funding) are provided to West Virginians.
Option C: Reverse cuts of 24% to County Health Department budgets in order to increase preparation for a potential second wave of COVID-19.
Option D: Send a state stimulus check to all West Virginians.
Option E: Increase access to COVID-19 testing, antibody testing, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for medical professionals and those who work with vulnerable populations.
Option F: Put the money into a savings account because the Governor "has a feeling" the Federal Treasury will relax its rules and allow us to backfill holes in the state budget caused by tax credits for big businesses.
Option G: Other