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Thrasher says W.Va.’s economy could slow after natural gas boom

By Jake Jarvis for The Exponent Telegram of Clarksburg, W.Va.

Woody Thrasher speaks during a press conference in Nitro about road maintenance Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Jake Jarvis

NITRO, W.Va. — Woody Thrasher said the state of West Virginia should be careful with its budget over the next few years, because he expects the current boom from natural gas projects to slow down during that time.

Thrasher, the state’s former secretary of the Department of Commerce and current candidate vying for the Republican party’s gubernatorial nomination, spoke at a press conference in Nitro on Tuesday.

“I think we’re fortunate enough to have the surpluses we have, but I think they’re the result of heightened activity in a few local areas,” Thrasher said in an interview after the press conference.

“I don’t think it is across the state. I travel across the state more than anybody, and when you look across the state, there are a whole lot of places that are hurting and don’t have the robust recovery that’s being described,” he said. …

Read more: https://www.wvnews.com/news/wvnews/thrasher-says-wv-s-economy-could-slow-after-natural-gas/article_2c3688a5-b3bf-58cf-ad81-c7a79fc69120.html

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