State of West Virginia secondary Archives: on Technology


Patrick Morrisey: Improving infrastructure a must

Morrisey believes West Virginia must continue to invest in its infrastructure to meet the needs of its citizens and businesses. For West Virginia to reach its potential, it must improve its roads, bridges, dams, and high-speed internet capacity. As U.S. Senator, he will promote the state and encourage new private sector companies to locate here.
Source: 2018 West Virginia Senatorial website PatrickMorrisey.com Oct 1, 2017

Paula Jean Swearengin: Invest $4.6 trillion in infrastructure

We will fund the national and state agencies that oversee our major roads, bridges, dams and more for the projects they have been begging to start for decades. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that $4.6 trillion is needed to get America's infrastructure back up to par. Much of this is straightforward "shovel ready" work that can be started right away. The rest requires planning across the private and public sector.
Source: 2018 West Virginia Senate campaign website PaulaJean2018.com Jul 17, 2017

Jim Justice: Bid all road jobs, with 5% construction severance

I want to bid every one of these road jobs, specifically [those that are] labor intensive. And you know what I want to do from that? I want it to be our training ground. I want it to be our apprenticeship program. I want it to be something that will absolutely put our displaced miners that find a job here, or our young people that learn how to do something here. That's an opportunity.

Now, let me tell you what else I want to do. For all the successful bidders, I want to charge them a 5 percent construction severance, whatever tax that may be, whatever you want to call it, to the successful bidder only. And my bet is, people, like me in business, will sharpen your pencils like crazy and it won't cost us 5 percent. It may cost us one. And then you know what I want to do? I want to pool that money. That money right there is $2.4 billion. If I could let every job tomorrow, it would amount to $120 million of a 5 percent pool that I would have.

Source: 2017 West Virginia State of the State address Feb 8, 2017

Bill Cole: Recommends action--not more studies--on transportation

We must repair existing roads and develop key transportation networks to critical markets so that we can better take advantage of our state's prime location. The state has studied our transportation needs enough. Bill Cole will act by curbing waste, fraud and abuse in the Department of Transportation. In the Cole Administration, priority one will be on repairing and refurbishing our state's infrastructure--not managing and studying it.
Source: 2016 West Virginia governor campaign website BillColeWV.com May 2, 2016

Bill Cole: Federal investment in West Virginia roads & infrastructure

[West Virginia should make a] big request for Washington: more money for highway construction and bridge maintenance. Senate President Bill Cole, candidate for governor said, `We have other roads and critical infrastructure needs. That if, I think, Congress gets moving and has a six-year plan, fully funded, and gets behind some investment in our infrastructure, I think that would be huge.` Right now West Virginia ranks 43rd among all states, in terms of federal spending per resident.
Source: WOWK-TV 13 on West Virginia gubernatorial race Oct 30, 2015

Natalie Tennant: Find funding to keep our infrastructure strong

Q: What will you do for providing for adequate maintenance of our existing roads and bridges?

A: We have to address infrastructure--roads, sewer, even broadband, when I talk about infrastructure. The roads are so very important. Money has to be targeted to fixing our roads. And this is where we can work hand-in-hand with development and an economic boom that we might have through Marcellus shale. When we talk about building up our communities, the roads are so important. And every time I come to Raleigh County, no matter where I'm talking in or to whom I'm talking, folks are always mentioning the roads. So I know it's a concern here. And I get that when I go back up home in Marion County, so we will find funding to address keeping our infrastructure strong and addressing the problems we have with our bridges as well. In some cases, it could be a crisis situation for some of our bridges. So we will dedicate funds that will make sure our infrastructure is improved.

Source: The Register-Herald: West Virginia gubernatorial profiles Apr 25, 2011

Bob Wise: Make e-government service available 24/7

Our citizens need 24-hour, seven day a week service from government. Companies like Amazon.com - which are creating new jobs in West Virginia - have shown that people can and will make transactions around the clock. If we can buy books and CDs at 10 p.m., why canít we buy hunting and fishing licenses, reserve a cabin in a state park, renew a license plate, apply for a business permit, or check the status of a tax return?

I have directed my Office of Technology to launch an e-government initiative. We will identify - from the consumerís perspective - the government services that can most easily be carried out on line. If youíre a customer of a state agency, write to me - or send me an email - and tell me how we can serve you better. West Virginians expect and need better service from government. They deserve it. And they will get it from this Administration.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to West Virginia Legislature Feb 14, 2001

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