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Tennant Calls For Aid To Those Forced To Miss Work Due To Water Crisis

Reported: Jan. 15, 2014 4:18 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 15, 2014 4:24 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. --West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant called Wednesday for assistance to those who were forced to miss work due to the water crisis.

Tennant testified before the House Small Business, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development Committee, speaking in favor of the West Virginia Small Business Emergency Act and urged the state to move quickly to aid small businesses impacted by the water ban.

During her testimony, Tennant pushed for Emergency Unemployment Assistance for West Virginia under the Federal Disaster Declaration.

Tennant said she has sent a letter to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, urging him to make the request for West Virginia workers.

“I spent days out on the water lines last week talking with folks and handing out water,” Tennant said in a news release. “I met employees at local restaurants like Arby’s and Shoney’s. Many of these folks are making ends meet on minimum wage salaries and tips. Even one day off of work can keep them from making their mortgage payment or paying their daycare bill. We have to act quickly to get these folks the support they need.”



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