In December, West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin III supported a $1.7 trillion omnibus budget measure that contained an increase of $200 million in funds for a commission chaired by his wife. The disbursement of such a sum has been fixed for the year 2023.
Gayle Manchin is currently employed by the aforementioned commission for a salary of around 0,000 per year.
According to the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, the median income for a West Virginian family is $50,884.
Educator and ex-West Virginia official Gayle Manchin was nominated by President Biden to be the federal co-chair of the ARC in March 2021 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate.
Due to his pivotal role as a swing vote in the Senate, Sen.
Manchin supported the omnibus budget measure that raised funding for the ARC after his wife was appointed to the position.
In December 2022, the Senate voted 68-29 to approve a $1.7 trillion, a 4,000-page bill to fund the government. The ARC is scheduled to receive $200 million in 2023, a $5 million increase over 2020 spending levels.
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a government-and-13-states-run economic development cooperation that helps disperse federal infrastructure money in the Appalachian region.
After his wife’s nomination in 2021, the West Virginia senator helped draught legislation that provided $1 billion in financing over five years for the ARC.
The investment, which was included in the bipartisan infrastructure measure, more than doubled the ARC’s previous budget.
Gayle Manchin, in a statement released in May of 2021, argued that the augmentation in money would be beneficial to the ARC and “improve our capacity to respond to the pressing needs of communities hit hard by the loss of coal sector jobs.
With these funds, Appalachia may finally begin the process of diversifying its economy and growing as a whole.”