Gubernatorial Candidates Offer Economic Plans

The economic plans being put forth by gubernatorial candidates are as various as the candidates themselves. Democrats have been generally painting the state’s economic situation in a positive light that still has room to improve. On the other side, however, Republican candidates have been less optimistic about the state’s current situation.

Republican Mitch Carmichael claims that the state’s economy is in a “dismal condition”. Fellow Republican Bill Maloney says that West Virginia has “one of the worst business climates in the country.” Democratic candidate, and current acting Governor, Earl Ray Tomblin claims that the state is “stable and strong”.

Most Republicans call for an intermediate appeals court. Republican Bill Maloney seeks a “fair and predictable” process for handling workers’ compensation cases. Republican Larry Faircloth supports a right-to-work bill that would prohibit unionized workplaces where all employees must pay dues. Mark Sorsaia also supports a right-to-work bill, calls for limits on collective bargaining for public employees, and would like to see a hiring freeze for the state government.

Democratic candidate and current Secretary of State, Natalie Tennant would seek to help home-based businesses through a new micro-grant program. Arne Moltis claims that electricity is being illegally routed out of West Virginia to other states and would like to see the state investigate and end that situation. Tomblin’s economic plans tend to focus on Marcellus shale natural gas. He hopes to earmark taxes earned from this industry to help pay for roads that will see an increase in traffic from new drilling efforts.

Candidates from both parties would like to end sales tax on groceries, continue ongoing cuts to the corporate income tax, and end the business franchise tax.

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Posted on April 23, 2011, in Candidates and Officials, News and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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