State of West Virginia Archives: on Jobs
Raise the state minimum wage & federal minimum wage
While my chief focus in the legislature has been on growing the economy to create good-paying jobs for West Virginians, I've also voted for legislation that had the support of business and labor to raise the state minimum wage when appropriate.
At the federal level, I believe both parties in Congress should work together to increase the minimum wage to a fair level that boosts the paychecks of hard-working Americans while also protecting their jobs and the economy.
Source: 2014 W.V. House campaign website, EvanJenkins.com
Nov 4, 2014
No affirmative action; hire based on merit alone
Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Legally require hiring women & minorities"?
A: Oppose. I do not favor any hiring or employment practices other then recognizing a person's abilities based on merit alone.
Source: Email interview on 2014 W.V. Senate race with OnTheIssues
Sep 5, 2014
Earl Ray Tomblin:
$20M for Unemployment Compensation Fund
Unemployment compensation programs around the country have been in a financial crisis. To make sure that we do not have to [take extreme measures] in the future, I am proposing legislation that would allow the Unemployment Compensation Fund to borrow
up to $20 million from our Rainy Day Funds. This will assure employers that they will not be subject to tax increases and let employees know that the State is serious about making sure that their benefits will be there while our economy recovers.
Source: 2011 W.V. State of the State Address
Jan 12, 2011
Abolish the minimum wage
Raese's statement about abolishing the minimum wage would not help West Virginia--a state whose natural resources have been plundered by outside interests and its residents taken advantage of.
Source: Daily Athenaeum coverage of 2010 W.V. Senate debate
Oct 18, 2010
My forte is creating jobs
Manchin mostly emphasized to voters that, in Washington, he would not be tightly joined with either party.
Raese, the millionaire heir to a powerful company in the state, repeatedly cited his business acumen, promising to "bring the spirit of capitalism to the United States Senate."
"My forte is creating jobs," he said.
Source: Washington Post coverage of 2010 W.V. Senate debate
Oct 18, 2010
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