Plans

Preconstruction Planning

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Plans

Economic Diversification

My number one priority in the House will be to kickstart the West Virginia economy. A thriving economy is the answer to most issues facing the region. I propose making a major push to attract businesses into the region by promoting our competitive advantages. We have a willing workforce that is ready to fill the needs of any employers looking for an area promising lower operating costs. We can also offer a great infrastructure with the Kanawha River and major highways that can access several large cities within a three to four hour range. This is a long term goal which I will take on aggressively starting right now. We have to stop the exodus of people from the state which affects mostly our young people who are leaving to look for jobs that pay a liveable wage. We are losing 10,000 people a year which will hurt the state when it comes to tax revenue, congressional representation and federal government funding.

Commitment to Education

The best way to grow an economy is to make sure companies have access to a well-educated workforce. With the University of Charleston, West Virginia State University and Bridge Valley all in or near the Charleston city limits, Marshall University an hour away and WVU three hours away, there is an abundance of educated workers looking for jobs to keep them in West Virginia. There is almost a one to one ratio of a highly educated populace to the ranking of Best Business Environments. Funding our higher education institutions is paramount to bring in jobs that will keep our young people in the state. The most promising part of our education system is our impressive high school graduation rate. I will push to make sure all those students have the chance to continue their education through a Vo-Tech or four year institution and get the training needed to make for a more attractive workforce. I am also 100% pro-teacher. We need to pay our teachers a competitive salary to keep them from moving out of state. We also need to fully fund PEIA as health insurance is the most important of all the benefits offered. I went through the public school system and feel that public education is a basic right. I am completely against any charter schools.

Accessible Healthcare

Healthcare is another top priority for me. Medical expenses are at a crisis level for the entire country, especially right here. West Virginia has the second highest healthcare costs per capita in the country. The state needs to use its clout to lower costs by enforcing healthcare price transparency. Prescription prices is one way the state can save money by negotiating with the pharmaceutical companies. Bringing down the cost of medications is one way to save our citizens billions of dollars a year. The extremely high cost of healthcare is forcing many to forego the preventative medicine that they need, and keeping others from having the disposable income that could instead be spent at local businesses to drive the economy. I will work to make it so every person in the state has access to affordable healthcare.

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