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Yesterday afternoon I joined representatives of the West Virginia Chamber in a meeting called by Senate President Mitch Carmichael for the purpose of discussing plans for education improvement in West Virginia’s K-12 public school system.

The West Virginia State Senate will meet this Saturday, June 1, to take up a bill that has been discussed with education union representatives, the Governor, West Virginia House leaders and others.

The bill incorporates six of eight proposals offered by Democrats, includes teacher pay raises, and addresses many topics broadly agreed to by the West Virginia Department of Education.  A synopsis of the 140-page bill is found here.

The Chamber’s president Steve Roberts and I are sending letters to several Democrats who have previously indicated a willingness to support a compromise bill.  Click here to see a copy of one of the letters. Many thanks to the Chamber for putting these letters together in quick order and including the WVMA.

Your help is urgently needed.  Please express your support for education improvement by reaching out to the key senators listed below.

Thank you and as always, please call me with your thoughts and concerns about this topic.

Key Senators to Urge to Support Education Reform:

Senator Bill Hamilton (R - Upshur)
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Office – (304) 357-7906
Home – (304) 472-1966

Senator Paul Hardesty (D - Logan)
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Office – (304) 357-7857

Senator Glenn Jeffries (D - Putnam)
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Office – (304) 357-7866
Home – (304) 586-1156

Senator Kenny Mann (R - Monroe)
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Office – (304) 357-7849
Home – (304) 646-6089

Senator Corey Palumbo (D - Kanawha)
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Office – (304) 357-7854
Home – (304) 746-7933

Senator Robert Plymale (D - Cabell)
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Office – (304) 357-7937

Senator Ron Stollings (D - Boone)
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Office – (304) 357-7939
Home – (304) 369-6194

Senator Mike Woelfel (D - Cabell)
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Office – (304) 357-7956

Contact information for all members of the Senate can be found here.

This past year, West Virginia’s economic growth rate was ranked highest of any state in the country, thanks in part to an uptick of manufacturing across industries and the sustained growth of our natural gas industry.

As we approach national Manufacturing Day, these economic trends are encouraging news, with more opportunities on the horizon offering a promising, bright future for the Mountain State.

Recent developments including China Energy’s plans to invest $83 billion here, the construction of Shell’s ethane cracker in Pennsylvania that will be supplied with West Virginia-produced ethane, Proctor & Gamble’s investments to grow its Martinsburg facility and expansions of Hino and Toyota, further demonstrate West Virginia’s bright manufacturing outlook. And the opportunity for growth doesn’t end there.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. The West Virginia Manufacturers Association has endorsed a bipartisan list of 70 candidates for legislative office and made endorsements in races for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

Regarding the legislative races, the mix of incumbents and new candidate endorsements represents those whose political philosophy is aligned with the best interests of West Virginia’s manufacturers, said WMVA President Rebecca McPhail. 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Starting this month, West Virginia’s utility consumers will see lower electricity bills after a coalition of industrial customers, including members of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA), successfully negotiated lower power rates following passage of the Tax Cut & Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017.

The West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) ruled August 24 that power companies must provide reductions for all West Virginia ratepayers beginning in September.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. ─ As children across West Virginia return to school, state lawmakers are receiving grades for their performance from the state’s manufacturing industry.
AssembleWV, a political advocacy organization affiliated with the West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA), has scored members of the 83rd Legislature for their actions on a several pieces of legislation during the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions.

“We felt it was important and necessary to establish objective measures for evaluating legislator performance in relation to the mission and goals of AssembleWV and the West Virginia Manufacturers Association,” said Rebecca McPhail, WVMA president.