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Editorial: WV Legislature must eliminate Bureaucratic bloat to fix pay, PEIA mess

From the Parkersburg News and Sentinel:

Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia lawmakers spent a lot of time — on the campaign trail and before the start of the legislative session — pounding their fists in outrage at our great state being ranked 50th on so many national lists. “I’m just sick and tired of being dead last,” the governor has been known to mention. …

Perhaps legislators should ask teachers, service personnel, state police, and correctional officers for tips on reducing spending and making tough choices with their money. Virtually any Mountain State resident could come up with some ideas.

It takes only a cursory glance through the budget to find waste, redundancy, and incredibly poor management of resources — for example, not even being certain how many taxpayer-funded state “fleet vehicles” there are, let alone trimming that number to only those necessary for carrying out the business of a government that serves West Virginians, rather than itself. That funneling of money to fuel the bloat in Charleston began long before the current legislature and administration, of course. It has been carried on in West Virginia for decades — the majority of which saw Democrats in power who were just as eager to keep taxpayer money from leaving the capital.

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