Easy Action to Oppose SNAP Eligibility Changes

The LWV-WV has sent a letter to US Department of Agriculture opposing proposed changes to SNAP eligibility requirements. These proposed changes would deny nutrition assistance to 3.1 million people and more than 25,000 West Virginians.  

Please take a few minutes and join us in submitting comments opposing this proposed rule. 

Click here to send a letter. Comments must be received on or before Monday, September 23, 2019. 

Below is the letter sent by LWV-WV. Thanks for taking action!

Sincerely, 

Julie Archer
1st Vice President, LWV-WV

September 14, 2019

USDA, Food and Nutrition Service
Program Design Branch, Program Development Division
3101 Park Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22302

Re: Docket ID Number FNS-2018-0037 – Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Dear Secretary Perdue,

I am writing on behalf of the League of Women Voters of West Virginia to oppose the proposed rule to eliminate SNAP’s broad-based categorical eligibility (BBCE) option that allows states to streamline the process for households with slightly higher incomes that still experience financial hardship to participate in SNAP.

SNAP plays a critical role in food security in West Virginia. In fiscal year 2017, SNAP benefits reached 340,000 West Virginia residents, or 19% of our state population.

Eliminating the BBCE option would deny access to food assistance to more than 3 million people, including thousands of West Virginians, and punish families for saving money for emergencies or for their children’s future.

This proposed policy change would also be counterproductive and remove incentives for people to enter and stay in the workforce. Allowing them to continue to receive assistance lets them focus on being successful rather than having to worry about how they will pay for food.

Additionally, this attack on those struggling to get by sidesteps Congress by eliminating an option that has been in place for more than 20 years and was recently upheld in the bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill. Eliminating this option takes food off the tables of working individuals and families, children, seniors, and people with disabilities.

The League of Women Voters supports programs and policies to prevent or reduce poverty and to promote self-sufficiency for individuals and families, and believes those who are unable to work, whose earnings are inadequate or for whom jobs are not available have the right to an income and/or services sufficient to meet their basic human needs for food, shelter, and access to health care.

SNAP helps millions of Americans and thousands of West Virginians make ends meet. Please reject these unnecessary changes to this proven program.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Rosenbaum, President
531 Woodland Circle
Morgantown WV 26505
304-599-2370, jr@lwvwv.org

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LWV Wood County Voter September 2019

Meeting on changes in the Medicaid program, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at Parkersburg-Wood Co. Library, Summers Auditorium. Open to the public

Lisa Diehl, Northern Regional Coordinator for West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, an organization whose goals include preserving, protecting, and improving Medicaid and the Medicaid expansion, will be our speaker. ( see www.wvahc.org )

West Virginia was one of the states that opted to expand Medicaid when the Affordable Care Act was adopted in 2010. Medicaid provides health care and long-term care for more than half a million West Virginians. (more than 29% in 2017) Miss Diehl will talk about changes to the program since then and proposed changes under the current administration.

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July 2019 Morgantown-Monongalia Guide to Government Officials

CLICK HERE:

LWVMM Guide to Government Officials July 2019

Online event – Learn about DistrictBuilder – July 26 @ 12pm

DistrictBuilder is web-based, open source software for collaborative redistricting.

Related links and web conference info:

https://www.azavea.com/blog/2017/07/31/districtbuilder-road-ahead-redistricting/

https://map.drawthelinespa.org/

Azavea – DistrictBuilder Demo Fri Jul 26, 2019 12pm – 1pm Joining info: meet.google.com/ewh-bvmf-cps
Or dial +1 413-729-2090 PIN: 175696528#

League of Women Voters honors two people with awards / Green Space Coalition speaks about White Park

The League of Women Voters, Morgantown-Monongalia County, presented Democracy in Action awards at their June 15, 2019, annual meeting. Shelby Leary, former WV House of Delegates member, was honored for her public service along with Don Spencer, former Morgantown City Council member and member of the Human Rights Commission. Guest speaker for the program was JoNell Strough, chair of the Mon Valley Green Space Coalition, one of the leaders in the effort to protect the forest of White Park.

WV Rivers and League of Women Voters of WV Team Up for Clean Water

On a spring Saturday, a gift sprung and was given to WV Rivers. The League of Women Voters of West Virginia (LWVWV) presented WV Rivers with an $800 check for our Science Fund to help support our water policy research.  WV Rivers’ Executive Director Angie Rosser spoke at LWVWV’s biennial convention in Morgantown about current water policy issues. LWVWV live-streamed the event, you can watch it here.

Members of the LWVWV board present WV Rivers with Science Fund donation at their biennial statewide convention.

“We are deeply grateful to partners like the League of Women Voters of WV who lift us up,” said Angie Rosser. “They stay informed, they get the word out, they raise money to make clean water advocacy possible in West Virginia. I’m totally inspired by the way they put their values in action.”

Angie Rosser and LWVWV Natural Resources Chair Helen Gibbins teaming up at the State Capitol.

LWVWV’s Natural Resources Chair, Helen Gibbins, has been a long-time member of WV Rivers’ Water Policy Workgroup. The workgroup meets monthly to coordinate research and analysis of West Virginia’s most pressing water policy issues.

When WV Rivers has a call to action, Helen is the key conduit for getting things done.

“Helen is a force of nature for preserving our natural resources here in West Virginia,” shared Angie. “She identifies the important questions, creative strategies, and mobilization opportunities to elevate clean water policies at all levels.”

The generous financial gift from LWVWV comes at a critical time. WV Rivers is in the middle of a fundraising drive to raise $25,000 to respond with an urgently needed in-depth study of our human health protections in our water quality standards – the rules that limit the amount of toxins allowed in our drinking water supplies. LWVWV’s donation helped us get closer to our goal, but we still have $10,000 left to go. Please join supporters, like LWVWV, in making your donation today. Together, we can do this!

To learn more about LWVWV’s work, go to: lwvwv.org

To learn more about WV Rivers’ Science Fund drive, go here.

 
Submitted by WV Rivers

Video: Angie Rosser speaks at State Convention

Angie Rosser, executive director of the WV Rivers Coalition, was the featured speaker at the WV League of Women Voters state convention April 13, 2019, in Morgantown, WV. Evan Hansen, state delegate from the 51st District, also spoke to League members and answered questions during the session.

Filmed by West TV.

LWV Wood County April 2019 Voter

Meeting on Solar Power Monday, April 22, 2019 6 p.m. Parkersburg City Council Chambers

Open to the public

A local authority on solar energy will speak to the League at 6 p.m. April 22 in the Parkersburg City Council chambers. Chip Pickering started Pickering Energy Solutions, a West Virginia company that installs, owns and maintains solar photovoltaic power systems in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Pickering is the chief executive officer of Pickering Associates, an architectural and engineering firm in Parkersburg, and vice president of Davis, Pickering and Co., an electrical contracting firm in Marietta. He is responsible for development, training and construction quality programs for Davis Pickering.

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Huntington League’s April Bulletin

April 15 Meeting. Dr. Jess Morrisette, International Relations Professor will speak.

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Spring VOTER 2019

The Spring Issue of the LWV WV newsletter the VOTER contains articles updating on the 2019 Legislative Session and other news of interest. We are sad that after many decades, both Helen Gibbins and Nancy Novak are retiring from the Board. We’ve appreciated so much all of the work they have done in support of our League initiatives and programs.

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