BECKLEY - Executive Director at the
Women’s Resource Center, Patricia Bailey, spoke about her support group in
Charleston. Thinking about their vigil at the capitol after they thought funds
were not going to be restored, only to be pleasantly surprised. “The word rally
now has a whole different meaning because that's truly what it was.”
Bailey said their efforts in
Charleston were heard this time, but she always has to worry about budget cuts.
“When you are grant funded. When you receive state or federal monies, you are
going to live or die by what is happening on a national or state level and of
course that's why we try to reduce our dependency on those funds for that
reason,” said Bailey.
The door was shut on the subject in
regards to government action and Bailey admits she lost hope; “I'm usually very,
very optimistic and this is one time when I did lose hope.”
These social service workers said they
don't even know how this came to pass, but they're grateful to all their
legislators for fighting for their cause. "The victims of domestic and
sexual violence won't be able to thank the governor. Won't be able to thank all
of our senators and delegates. It doesn't matter whether your democrat whether
your republican. It doesn't matter about any of that. It still was a win for
everyone,” said Bailey.
State Senator William Laird, who
represents Fayette County, explained that the WV thoroughbred racing purse underwent
a 2% decrease, but this transfer of funds was necessary; “we certainly didn't
hurt the racing purse for the state of West Virginia and sure benefitted these
programs that are essential to the community. I think it was a good step
forward and we were able to come up with a way to restore funding for these
“An investment in children and
families is an investment in the state of WV,” said Laird.