West Virginia Week in Review - April 2, 2022

4/2/2022

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West Virginia Homeowners Rescue Program now accepting applications, Mountaineer Rental Assistance Program still open
On Tuesday, Gov. Justice announced that the new West Virginia Homeowners Rescue Program is now open and accepting applications from West Virginia homeowners who have experienced a financial hardship related to COVID-19.

The program can provide assistance for past-due mortgage payments of up to $15,000, past-due utilities of up to $2,500, past-due insurance, property tax payments, and other housing costs of up to $5,000, $300 in internet assistance, and $500 of assistance on certain downpayment loans.

The Mountaineer Rental Assistance Program remains open as well.
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Gov. Justice: CDC recommends 2nd booster dose for those ages 50+ who are four months removed from 1st booster
On Friday, Gov. Justice announced that 2nd booster shots have now been authorized by the FDA and recommended by the CDC for those ages 50 and over who are also at least four months removed from their 1st booster dose, as well as certain younger immunocompromised individuals ages 12 and older.

“We know for a fact that these vaccines are incredibly safe. We are living proof of that. You just can’t take a chance with this thing," said Gov. Justice.
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Gov. Justice: Record-breaking year of revenue collections continues in March
Gov. Justice announced Friday that West Virginia’s General Revenue collections for March 2022 came in at $488.1 million – an all-time state record for the month of March. March 2022 collections were a whopping $150.1 million above estimate and 29.9% ahead of prior year receipts.

Nine months through Fiscal Year 2022, year-to-date collections of $3.966 billion are nearly $740 million above the YTD estimate; breaking the all-time state record for total surplus through the month of March.
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Gov. Justice announces historic redevelopment projects in Fayetteville
Gov. Justice joined Mountain Shore Properties LLC Monday in announcing a historic redevelopment of the former Fayetteville schoolhouses. The three former schoolhouses, located in the heart of Fayetteville, will be transformed into a boutique hotel, modern apartments, and townhomes. The $15 million project is being led by Fayetteville-native and national real estate developer, Charlie Wendell.
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Gov. Justice congratulates Klöckner Pentaplast on multimillion-dollar expansion of West Virginia facility
On Friday, Gov. Justice congratulated Klöckner Pentaplast (kp) on a major expansion of its operations in West Virginia. The global manufacturer and supplier of sustainable packaging products announced today that it has selected its production facility in the Raleigh County community of Beaver for a multimillion-dollar production expansion.
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Gov. Justice signs BUILD WV Act into law
On Friday, Gov. Justice hosted an event at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center to ceremonially sign House Bill 4502, also known as the BUILD WV Act, into law. The bill was the result of the concept brought forth by Gov. Justice during his State of the State address earlier this year. It will provide incentives to promote development of residential housing properties for the betterment and well-being of the people of West Virginia.
Earlier in the day, the Governor signed a pair of additional bills into law at the State Capitol. House Bill 4499 will make the state purchasing process more efficient by modifying and updating outdated processes and requirements.

The Governor also signed House Bill 4570, which will allow veterinary telehealth in West Virginia with out-of-state providers.
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Gov. Justice vetoes bill splitting DHHR, additional bills
On Wednesday, Gov. Justice announced that he had vetoed several bills, including House Bill 4020, which would have split the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources into two different agencies.

The Governor also vetoed House Bill 4001, which generally related to broadband. Senate Bill 573 was vetoed because it contains a code conflict with House Bill 2910. House Bill 2300 was vetoed because it also contains a code conflict.

On Tuesday, the Governor announced that he had vetoed Senate Bill 729, which was intended to create a self-sustaining loan fund with the West Virginia Economic Development Authority. The bill, in the form which was passed and delivered to the Governor, had several technical errors that would have made it nearly impossible to use the money appropriated to the EDA consistent with the intent of the bill. The Governor intends to call a Special Session to fix these technical errors.
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Gov. Justice celebrates WVU’s purchase of former Mylan plant in Morgantown
On Thursday, Gov. Justice celebrated West Virginia University’s announcement that the WVU Innovation Corporation has officially taken ownership of the former Mylan pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Morgantown. WVU and the West Virginia University Health System, commonly branded as WVU Medicine, will work together to oversee future development through a reconfigured WVU Innovation Corporation which will handle the daily operations at the facility.
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West Virginia Division of Highways announces major construction to start on Jefferson Road widening project
The West Virginia Division of Highways announced Monday that major construction is about to begin on the project to widen Jefferson Road in Kanawha County to five lanes between US 60 and Corridor G. Work to widen Jefferson Road will begin immediately, with the contractor installing silt fences, excavating, and demolishing 16 homes south of Kanawha Turnpike to make way for the widening project. By the end of April, motorists should notice work beginning on pilings and abutments for the new bridge.
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WVDOH releases artist’s rendering, work underway on Chuck Yeager Bridge
Contractors have begun rigging work for a new blue and gold paint job on the Charles Chuck Yeager Bridge on the West Virginia Turnpike. In June 2021, Southern Road and Bridge LLC was awarded a contract for $16,267,273.80 to completely repaint both northbound and southbound spans of the bridge. The winning bid was 11 percent lower than the engineer’s estimate for the project. Painting is expected to be complete in June 2023.
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DHHR announces application period for Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Monday applications would now be accepted for the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) and will continue until funds are exhausted. This federally funded program assists eligible state residents in paying water or wastewater bills.
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Also this week:

Gov. Justice requests new list of names from JVAC for Intermediate Court of Appeals appointment


WIC Encourages Increased Fruit and Vegetable Purchases with Enhanced Benefits

DHHR Recognizes April as Child Abuse Prevention Month

For the WVDOH, maintaining expansion joints is an important component of keeping our bridges safe

Am I blue? WVDOH announces color scheme, informational website for Charleston interstate bridge painting project

Governor’s Highway Safety Program reminds West Virginia drivers: U DRIVE. U TEXT. U PAY.
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Jordan Damron, jordan.l.damron@wv.gov

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State Capitol, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E
Charleston, WV 25305

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304.558.2000 or 1.888.438.2731

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