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From David H. Miller

By Staff | Apr 8, 2015

The West Virginia Legislature that recently ended was, in my opinion, one of the worst. It seemed that the GOP-controlled W.Va. Senate and W.Va. House of Delegates were only interested in helping the rich at the expense of the lower and middle class. A poll by a West Virginia newspaper asked the question, “Are you satisfied with the job done by the 2015 legislature?” Only 21 percent were satisfied while 79 percent were not satisfied. I guess this is what happens when big money enters politics. I do not remember how many times I heard the legislature talk about cutting cost for business. Here are some of the ways the GOP controlled legislature said they wanted to help business.

1. Rolling back coal mine safety laws.

2. Cutting back prevailing wages.

3. Changing the law on tanks that was enacted last year when 300,000 peoples drinking water was affected.

4. Changing the standards for pollutants that are in the water.

5. Weakening West Virginia’s “lemon law” on used cars.

6. Changing the laws on asbestos and silicosis awards

7. Trying to weaken Unions

8. Continued tax breaks for companies.

9. Forced pooling for natural gas. This would have let gas companies take your resources even if you did not want to sell.

These are just a few things that the GOP-controlled legislature wanted to do to the middle and lower class wage earners in West Virginia. Stand up to the out-of-state companies trying to exploit our state.

David H. Miller