MADISON, W.Va. — Senator Bill Cole toured part of the coalfields of southern West Virginia Wednesday September 7.
Cole made several stops in Boone County at the Madison Park Avenue Restaurant and J&R Repair.
Cole spoke to a room of supporters at the busy restaurant before moving on to the mining repair business, J&R Repair.
Owner Bill Stone explained his company does electrical work and repairs for mine sites.
Stone stated he has previously done business with coal mines owned by Jim Justice.
Stone explained his company did work for two separate mines in the Bluestone area of Justice’s mines totaling around $47,000.
However, Stone noted his company is yet to be paid for the services they have rendered.
“I called and sent letters to his company in Virginia, and then I called Justice’s office at the Greenbriar,” commented Stone.
Stone went to allege that, while trying to collect the debt, he was offered $30,000 in three installments.
While speaking with workers, Cole explained West Virginia’s problems should not be solved in a piecemeal fashion.
“Frankly, with the financial state that we’re in, Rome is burning. We don’t have the luxury to wait until next year. We can’t pick just the drug epidemic and fix it. We can’t just pick education or infrastructure and fix it. It requires the battle fought on all front right this minute. We need to put West Virginians back to work,” Cole noted.
Cole laid out his vision for a smaller government in West Virginia saying, “We have laws to punish bad people, and rules and regulations ought to be there to protect public safety…Other than that, get out of the way.”
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]