Commentary

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5/10/2019

The work of the West Virginia Legislature to diversify and improve the economy for working West Virginia families is showing positive results. Seventeen thousand new jobs have been created in our state since May of 2016. Deliberate and thoughtful legislation has helped make progress possible.

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5/1/2019

As leaders of the West Virginia business community, every business in the state should be deeply concerned about an extraordinary legal action being driven by the Jefferson County Board of Education (BOE) to condemn the private property of ROCKWOOL Group, a global manufacturer of building insulation which is constructing a new facility in the county.

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2/5/2019

Providing a world-class education for our children is a moral responsibility. A world-class education system is the single-most important factor for a bright future of economic development and high-paying jobs.

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1/14/2019

West Virginia has turned the corner on the road leading to a brighter future. However, the journey continues and will take everyone working together to identify and remove obstacles that block any path leading to positive change for all West Virginians.

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1/6/2019

The beginning of the New Year and the upcoming legislative session bring renewed focus to our state's future and the chance to change its outlook. As we look ahead, we can't think too long about the needs and challenges we face in West Virginia without turning our attention to jobs and the economy. Both are critical components to a vibrant state and a prosperous future for our residents.

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11/27/2018

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce has spoken for business for more than 80 years. Most Chamber members are small businesses located throughout the Mountain State. In fact, Chamber members are found in each of our 55 counties and employ more than half of the state’s workforce. And I can safely report that these small businesses are very optimistic about the future of West Virginia.

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6/29/2018

West Virginia’s 155th birthday this month was a success and reminder that our state is turning an important corner. Jobs are being created and the economy is improving. Tax collections and retail sales are growing. All of these facts suggest a healthier and brighter future is in store for our great state.

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6/7/2018

In February of this year, teachers and school service personnel in all 55 of West Virginia’s counties left the job for 13 days over issues of teacher pay and the rising costs of health insurance available through state Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA).

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3/9/2018

West Virginia continues to experience a steady economic recovery. On March 5, Workforce West Virginia released updated employment numbers that compare January 2018 with January 2017.

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1/10/2018

As we think about job creation in the new year, it is important to note that private sector employment in West Virginia increased during 2017.  Increases in employment can be attributed to growth in mining and logging, construction, education and health services, and leisure and hospitality. Combined, these important sectors provided 8,100 new jobs for West Virginia workers.

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