Virginia Mercury

How we get through the pandemic and rebuild for a better future

Ashley C. Kenneth, an alumna of the Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP) program Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) is senior vice president at the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, a Richmond nonprofit that conducts analyses of fiscal and economic issues with a focus on low- and moderate-income people. In this guest column for the Virginia Mercury, she discusses how legislators should use available resources, including money that is freed up due to the latest federal relief package, to meet challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.