West Virginia is beginning to rebound, but the state is still 23,000 jobs short of its peak in 2012. West Virginia has had the next to worst job recovery from the Great Recession. We have the 4th highest unemployment rate, plus there are 4,000 fewer construction jobs than there were in December 2007.
I’ll invest in West Virginians and provide training that leads to living wage jobs. Businesses in our region have jobs that can’t be filled because workers lack the necessary skills. I’ll fix that.
I’ll take care of the businesses that are already here, and work to bring new companies to the state.
I’ll also eliminate the state tax on Social Security benefits so that older West Virginians have more money in their pockets, and thus more to spend with local business.