Senator Robert Karnes and Delegate Bill Hartman attended the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon to discuss the upcoming legislative session.
Community leaders gathered to learn more about what to expect on matters including the state’s financial situation, tax reform expectations, the natural gas industry, and healthcare and education reform. Senator Karnes spoke heavily on education reform stating a need for more decision making ability on a more localized level.
“We want to open up our schools in a sense of allowing our teachers to have essentially more authority within the classroom as to how they approach education in their classroom. It doesn’t mean we don’t want to have high standards because we do, but how they achieve those standards should be more up to the individual teachers,” said Senator Karnes.
Senator Karnes said as a state we are in pretty good shape and does not foresee any tax increases in the year following.