Tomblin tables changes to child care subsidy - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

Tomblin tables changes to child care subsidy

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Traffic stop in Smithers leads to prescription pill arrest

    Traffic stop in Smithers leads to prescription pill arrest

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:44 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:44:33 GMT
    The Fayette County Sheriff's Office announced that deputies made a drug arrest on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 after pulling a car over on an equipment violation. Jeremy Louis Bufford, 34, of Smithers is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.
    The Fayette County Sheriff's Office announced that deputies made a drug arrest on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 after pulling a car over on an equipment violation. Jeremy Louis Bufford, 34, of Smithers is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.
  • Princeton celebrates Batman's 75th year anniversary

    Princeton celebrates Batman's 75th year anniversary

    Princeton celebrates Batman's 75th year anniversary

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:06 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:06:20 GMT
    Mercer street in Princeton is home to many festivals throughout the year, but this time, they have a pretty unique festival hitting the streets.In honor of the 75th year anniversary of Batman, the town will celebrate.Organizers say it's not just about the super hero, but what the super hero has done for families."Some people use them as bedtimes stories for their kids. The movies, we've all grown up to see a cartoon movie or show so we all have a memory of the character," Bryan Austin said.Au...
    Mercer street in Princeton is home to many festivals throughout the year, but this time, they have a pretty unique festival hitting the streets.In honor of the 75th year anniversary of Batman, the town will celebrate.Organizers say it's not just about the super hero, but what the super hero has done for families."Some people use them as bedtimes stories for their kids. The movies, we've all grown up to see a cartoon movie or show so we all have a memory of the character," Bryan Austin said.Au...
  • WV Wilderness group fights against gas companies over pipeline in Pocahontas County

    WV Wilderness group fights against gas companies over pipeline in Pocahontas County

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:04 AM EDT2014-08-20 11:04:01 GMT
    The West Virginia Wilderness group has been fighting three gas companies for months, who want to put a pipeline in Pocahontas County .Lauren Ragland is the founder of West Virginia Wilderness and said the pipeline does not belong in Pocahontas County.
    The West Virginia Wilderness group has been fighting three gas companies for months, who want to put a pipeline in Pocahontas County .Lauren Ragland is the founder of West Virginia Wilderness and said the pipeline does not belong in Pocahontas County.

Changes proposed earlier this year for the funding eligibility levels of child subsidy will undergo further review.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Dec. 18 he plans to submit a supplemental appropriate next year to help close the gap in federal funding through the spring and he has plans to work with all parties to find a solution.

"After much discussion with parents and folks in the childcare industry, I decided it's not in the best interest of West Virginia families to move forward with the scheduled changes to our state's childcare subsidy," Tomblin said. "We still have work to do — these programs are not sustainable with our current level of funding. But at this point, I believe it's best to keep hard-working families in the program and to look for other ways to address the budget shortfalls."

Officials from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced in June that the ceiling for eligibility for the child care subsidy would be reduced from 185 percent of federal poverty level to 150 percent. That change was scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, but today's announcement means no changes will be made at this time.  Entry and exit levels also will remain the same, retaining families who are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level.

The changes to the copayment structures announced earlier this year still will go into effect Jan. 1.