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  • Political bickering overshadows need for change

    Political bickering overshadows need for change

    Friday, August 15 2014 11:39 AM EDT2014-08-15 15:39:41 GMT
    New ideas and ways to move our state and nation forward are in short supply during this election season.
    New ideas and ways to move our state and nation forward are in short supply during this election season.
  • Diversifying our economy will make it more resilient

    Diversifying our economy will make it more resilient

    Friday, August 8 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-08-08 10:00:18 GMT
    We have been hit hard with some tough economic news in recent days about our state’s most recognized industry. We learned that Alpha Natural Resources could lay off more than 1,000 workers later this year. Another report showed that it is becoming cheaper for domestic energy producers to import coal from other countries than to use what is mined in the U.S.
    We have been hit hard with some tough economic news in recent days about our state’s most recognized industry. We learned that Alpha Natural Resources could lay off more than 1,000 workers later this year. Another report showed that it is becoming cheaper for domestic energy producers to import coal from other countries than to use what is mined in the U.S.
  • Successful privatization should inspire more reform

    Successful privatization should inspire more reform

    Friday, August 1 2014 1:48 PM EDT2014-08-01 17:48:52 GMT
    It’s not a stretch to say West Virginia once had the dubious distinction of having the worst workers’ compensation system in the nation.
    It’s not a stretch to say West Virginia once had the dubious distinction of having the worst workers’ compensation system in the nation.

The 2014 session of the West Virginia 

Legislature is here and elected officials on both sides of the aisle are making their pitches for the best ways to move our state forward. This is an election year so we know it's unlikely we will see anything truly dynamic, nor are we going to see the kinds of bold initiatives we need to address challenges keeping this state from reaching its potential. That's unfortunate. 

Whether they want to or not, one issue lawmakers must tackle is the ever-shrinking tax revenue and a budget that must accommodate for what experts claim will be a multi-million dollar shortfall. What we've seen initially from both camps seems to grasp this concept, but, as the session moves on and the special interests start raising their voices, we hope our representatives put reality over politics. These are going to be lean times and we need to act accordingly. If history is any indication, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin understands this and will show proper leadership. Thoughtful, if not spirited, discussion and debate will be part of this process, but what we're asking is something that every family in this state has done — develop a budget and stick with it.