CHILD POVERTY GROUP Child Poverty Group Looks For Replicable Solutions
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Mar. 13, 2013 8:53 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 14, 2013 3:45 PM EDT
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
A West Virginia Senate committee continues to study how best to measure and fight child poverty, but a pilot program that would do just that is going unfunded.
The Legislature passed a bill last year to set up a program on the West Side of Charleston that would better organize pre-existing funding sources to improve the lives of at-risk kids. The state Department of Health and Human Resources is supposed to partner with a community organization to provide comprehensive, holistic programs to help poor children.
But the bill did not specify a funding source and the agency's budget is expected to be cut by $10.9 million beginning July 1, as part of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's 7.5 percent across-the-board budget cuts.
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