Area legislators react to W.Va. State of the State 2014

Debbie Rolen drolen@civitasmedia.com

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Area legislators shared their thoughts on Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s State of the State 2014:

“I think our governor did a good job last night. West Virginia is still suffering from the depression and is a little slower to crawl out of it largely because of the southern West Virginia coal industry and largely because of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and marcellus shale gas. I am optimistic. We have two years of deficits and then predictions of surpluses again. The years of 2014 and 2015 are going to be a challenge, but the governor is doing the best job possible with two years of deficits. I look forward to working with Senator Art Kirkendoll and the delegates on infrastructure, creating more jobs in southern West Virginia and getting the coal miners back to work.” – W.Va. Senator Ron Stollings

“The governor outlined some economic success and ventures. I was pleased he is staying with job creation and educating our youth as priorities. He knows jobs keep it all moving and improves social problems. Helping our teachers and state workers is a step in the right direction.” – W.Va. Senator Art Kirkendoll

“I think the governor did a great job with his speech. He touched on a lot of different stuff going throughout the state. I’m looking forward to this session and working with Senators Kirkendoll and Stollings and Delegate Tomblin to promote growth and progress in southern West Virginia.” – W. Va. Delegate Rupert “Rupie” Phillips

“I was pleased overall with the governor’s address. He recommitted to our coal miners and taking care of our senior citizens, our veterans and education for our youth. I was also very pleased with the raises for our teachers and state employees. I am looking forward to this session and working with Senators Kirkendoll and Stollings and Delegates Phillips, Barker and Eldridge.” – W.Va. Delegate Ted Tomblin

“The governor touched on coal and education, which are the two biggest priorities for our state. He spoke of the cracker plant in Wood County, which will be a valuable asset. I am very tickled about the raises for teachers and state employees. I started out as a state employee and I know how hard it is to make it. I am looking forward to the session and working with Senators Kirkendoll and Stollings and Delegates Phillips, Tomblin and Eldridge. As an appointee, this is my first session. It is an honor to be here with a southern county governor who has us headed in the right direction.”—W.Va. Delegate Josh Barker

“Gov. Tomblin put forth many great ideas and ways to move West Virginia forward. He laid the groundwork to build upon the successes of our past. I was proud to hear him speak about helping the coal industry and coal miners. I was exceptionally proud to hear him put forth a much needed raise for our teachers. Teachers are the key to our education system and students’ successes. I look forward to tackling this legislative session and fighting for the 20th District. I believe in our future and will continue to fight for it.” — W.Va. Delegate Justin Marcum

“The governor gave a very positive speech, with a strong emphasis on education. We all know there are budget constraints, but the governor has some solid proposals, and combined with our proactive House leadership agenda, I envision a very productive session.” — House Majority Leader Harry Keith White


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