West Virginia Has A Bright Future

This week, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual summit in White Sulphur Springs. I was given a chance to address the gathering and share my thoughts on where the state is headed.

It is no secret West Virginia has struggled during the Obama Years – falling from 7th in unemployment to dead last as our coal industry has been targeted by the Administration. But there are reasons for optimism, as long as we adapt to a changing economy. Our universities, WVU and Marshall especially, are poised to become leading research and hi-tech hubs. The natural gas industry continues to produce jobs and affordable energy while encouraging manufacturers to come to our state.

I remain optimistic about West Virginia’s future, and hope you do too!

Listening to Leaders in Parkersburg

On Monday, I sat down with several local leaders in Wood County to hear from them what our office can focus on to better serve West Virginians. You can read more about it here.

We heard about how flood insurance rates are going up, the roads are in need of repair, and the plague of drug addiction is affecting our area. These are issues I intend to bring up when Congress returns to legislative work next week.

Already this year, the House has kept federal highway funds coming to the state, without raising taxes or cutting benefits. However, we need to find a long-term, multi-year solution in the months ahead.

If you or someone you know is having problems with flood insurance rates or think your local map needs redrawn, please contact my office using the phone numbers at the bottom of this email. We are happy to assist you as best we can.

Getting Back to Work

The Congress returning to work had me thinking about the many West Virginians still eager to find work. Currently, only about 47% of people in the state are participating in the workforce, while the national average is more than 60%. In Fairmont on Wednesday, I sat down with some labor leaders to discuss the issue and what we can do to fix this problem. Please read the Times-West Virginian's coverage here.

By turning back the tide on widespread drug abuse, cutting red tape, and improving education in West Virginia, we can get people back to work. It will take creative thinking and some new approaches, but I am confident our state will get there.

Mountaineers Update

Tomorrow night at 7:30pm the Mountaineers host the Georgia Southern Eagles to kick-off their season! WVU goes in as the favorite, but the Eagles are not to be underrated, as they had a banner year last year.

Coach Holgorsen is relying on Skyler Howard to lead the offense at QB this year, and we are looking forward to a running back breaking out and stealing the show! The defense returns ten starters and should anchor this team while the offense gels.

Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

David McKinley

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