State of West Virginia Archives: on Technology

Stephen Noble Smith: Update road funding formula; tax trucks for damage

Update the funding formula, road construction priorities, and maintenance plan --and stick to them. The roads funding formula was written more than 20 years ago, and it does not reflect the current population or needs of the state. Tax the trucks. Large trucks do a disproportionate amount of damage and should therefore pay for the damage they do.
Source: 2020 W.V. Gubernatorial campaign website Jan 24, 2020

Ron Stollings: Invest in infrastructure and site development

Stollings was first elected to the state Senate in 2006. He said his campaign will also focus on health care, expanding the economy and education. Stollings has been a proponent of redeveloping formerly mined property. "We need to invest in infrastructure and site development," he said. "We continue to lose generations because there aren't as many jobs as there should be. We have to focus on jobs."

Stollings called Gov. Jim Justice "a likable fella" but said he should spend more time at the state capitol. Stollings said he would if elected governor. "I would be here, to be in that mansion, to be able to build relationships and to learn from people," Stollings said. "I could see us having fireside chats from people that are experts in their field so we could use their knowledge to help fix things here in West Virginia."

Source: W.V. MetroNews on 2020 West Virginia Gubernatorial race Sep 23, 2019

Alex Mooney: End federal obsession with big city public transportation

Stable and safe infrastructure is vital to West Virginia's economic growth. Therefore, building and maintaining roads will be one of my top priorities.

I will work to ensure that West Virginia receives its fair share of federal gas tax revenues. We need to end the federal government's obsession with funding big city public transportation schemes that soar over budget and deliver fewer riders. This will create a fairer distribution of money to each state and allow West Virginians to set our own priorities.

I would also support efforts to sell federal BLM lands to help fund the Highway Trust Fund, to help maintain our crucial roads and bridges.

Source: 2014 W.V. House campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

Alex Mooney: End overreach of NSA's surveillance program

and recent revelations about the program's many abuses. I will fight to make sure our government does not overstep its constitutional bounds in the process of fighting terrorism and protecting our country.
Source: 2014 W.V. House campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

Earl Ray Tomblin: Foster public private partnerships to develop our roads

We also need to find innovative and creative ways to enhance our infrastructure. And while we have a Blue Ribbon Commission examining our road system, one thing I know we must do now is explore and foster public private partnerships to develop our roads.

In 2008, the Public-Private Partnership Act was passed and signed into law. The Act allowed the West Virginia Division of Highways to partner with a private company on the design and construction of otherwise public transportation facilities. This current structure, however, has limited usefulness.

Tonight, I'm proposing legislation to make the Act permanent and streamline the approval requirements to allow the Commissioner of Highways the flexibility to enter into these public-private partnerships. This will allow us to take greater advantage of this innovative tool for the construction of infrastructure.

Source: 2013 State of the State Address to W.V. Legislature Feb 13, 2013

Natalie Tennant: Expand R&D, broadband, tourism, & energy sectors

We will tear down the rules of the old economy and build the strongest, smartest infrastructure possible for the new economy of West Virginia. We don't have to do things the same old way. West Virginians deserve better.
Source: 2011 W.V. Gubernatorial campaign website May 2, 2011

Joe Manchin III: States depend on federal government for key infrastructure

Millionaire Republican industrialist John Raese complained that federal earmarks create career politicians in a bloated government and indicated he'd be reluctant to pursue public dollars for projects best left to the private sector. "I don't think it's the best answer for the problems of West Virginia," he said. "I want to bring back the spirit of capitalism--to create the freedom of an individual." Raese argues state economies would be better served by cutting taxes and easing regulations on business.

But Manchin said states depend on the federal government for key infrastructure like roads, water and sewage lines, and broadband Internet access. Without government, he said, poor, rural states would suffer. "The free enterprise system is not going to go there. They're only going to go where the market is," Manchin said. "And for all of us to have an opportunity there has to be a partnership. The federal government and state government should be your partner, not your provider."

Source: Washington Post coverage of 2010 W.V. Senate debate Oct 18, 2010

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