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W.Va. Chamber of Commerce’s vision for 2018 session of state legislature

By CHRISTOPHER DOWELL

The State Journal

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce has planned its vision for the 2018 session of state Legislature.

“Our state has made tremendous progress in recent years, and the West Virginia Legislature is to be recognized and commended for its commitment to building a business climate dedicated to job growth,” Chamber President Steve Roberts said.

Economic data for 2017 shows that in the past year, coal production has increased 24 percent, natural gas production is at an all-time high, construction employment has increased 900 jobs, healthcare has added 3,400 positions, according to Roberts.

While much progress has been made in West Virginia, additional changes are needed to create an environment to attract and keep jobs. The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce will be focused on several broad topics including:

  • Education reform and development of the talent pipeline
  • Enhanced connectivity for the 21st Century
  • Protecting our state’s welcoming and inclusive image
  • A comprehensive and responsible approach to the opioid addiction crisis
  • Modernization of West Virginia’s tax structure

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