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Editorial: Legislative hearings may be needed to uncover ongoing problems with Rise West Virginia

From The Parkersburg News and Sentinel:

About a week ago, state officials announced the RISE West Virginia program had completed 75 homes for victims of the devastating June 2016 floods in southern counties.

Unless enormous progress in RISE is recorded during the next couple of months, state legislators convening the regular annual session in January should hold (more) hearings on why it is taking so long to help flood victims.

As we noted in October, the federal government released $149 million intended to help the flood victims in February 2018. It quickly became apparent the RISE initiative, established for disaster relief, was not moving swiftly enough. Reforms were demanded, and it seemed for a time as though the project was on the right track. …

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