Dear Friends and Neighbors in North Berkeley County,
As we begin a new legislative session with a new governor, our state faces many challenges, including a $400 million shortfall for the next fiscal year as well as a shortage of revenues in the current year. Our challenge is to right size our state government so our constitutional mandates and priorities match up with our revenues. Raising taxes on those already struggling to get by financially and on our working men and women is not the right solution.
At the same time we are a state with much beauty and many natural resources and potential for a bright future.
A major part of the solution has to be getting more West Virginians working and contributing to our economy rather than the opposite. We have the lowest workforce participation in the nation – our focus will continue to improve our business climate to get more of our citizens working. The best welfare program, the best health care plan comes from good-paying jobs that can also better fund our education system from more people working.
Over the last two years we have made many hard decisions to accomplish this, taking on aggressive and well-funded special interest groups. We took on the union bosses with Right to Work legislation and repealed the costly prevailing wage rate statutes. We took on the trial lawyer lobbyists to end our ranking as being the only state listed as a “Judicial Hellhole”, a distinction that cost us jobs and gave us higher insurance rates with its frivolous lawsuits. Despite these controversial votes and well-funded opposition, the voters expressed their approval of those Republicans who supported these positions by increasing our numbers so that our state is much more balanced politically.
I would like to thank you, the citizens of North Berkeley, for over three decades of support! I have enjoyed meeting you and representing you as we continue our two-way communication. Please attend one of my Town Meetings during the first or second Saturdays in February and complete and return a Citizens’ Poll. That keeps me in touch with your suggestions and ideas. Our government works best when our citizens are active and involved, including having your children serve as pages. Also, be looking for the largest Magnolia tree.
Best wishes for an outstanding 2017!
Please take a few minutes to complete this years Citizens’Poll. it’s right here…(Click Here)
A few of the questions from this years poll include:
Your participation in taking this poll is appreciated.
Delegate John Overington has scheduled two Town Meetings. The first Town Meeting will be held February 4 at the Marlowe Ruritan Building from 10-11:30 a.m. Take Rt. 11 to Marlowe Elementary School. Turn right onto Broad Lane and the Ruritan is on the right. The second meeting will be on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Bedington Ruritan Building from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Directions: (Go south of the Bedington Crossroads and the Ruritan on the west side of Rt. 11).
“At the beginning of each year I schedule meetings across the district as a way to listen and get input and ideas from the people I represent. These meetings have provided an excellent way for me to keep in touch with the people in Berkeley County and the Eastern Panhandle and are a very helpful link in the two-way communication that is important for government to work. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate. I hope those attending will take a few minutes to fill out the Citizens’ Poll in this newsletter and bring it to the meeting.”
“This is my 33rd year of holding these meetings at the start of the 60-day legislative session which begins this year at noon on February 8 and concludes on April 10.”
Key legislative priorities for 2017 are job creation and balancing our state budget. We need to lower our tax rate by broadening the base and reducing exemptions. We must make our state more job friendly by reducing burdensome regulations and red tape. West Virginia has the lowest workforce participation rate in the nation. We need to right size our government to deal with the projected $400 million budget shortfall.
Also of concern are our State’s drug epidemic, improving student achievement and issues dealing with Berkeley County’s growth. I am also interested in your input on road projects in the area, education, health care, hunting, senior citizens, law enforcement concerns and animal abuse. I have also invited our two state senators, Craig Blair and Charles Trump, to attend and participate.
TOWN MEETING SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, February 4, 2017
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Marlowe Ruritan Building
SATURDAY, February 11, 2017
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Bedington Ruritan Building
The 62nd Delegate District includes the northern part of Berkeley County going from the city line of Martinsburg to the Potomac River.
Albermarle, Amberfield, Bedington , Berkeley Village, Berkeley Station , Bessemer , Brookfield, Butts, Chesley Estates, Clover Meadows, Country Side Manor, Crown Pointe, Ditto Farm, Eagle Ridge, Falling Waters , Gantts, Hainesville , Hammond’s Mill, Harlan Spring, Honeywood, Keller’s Addition , Kingsbrooke, Marlowe , Marlowe Woods, Neiland Park, Nipetown , Orchards of the Potomac, Pineview, Potomac Park Estates, Red Hawk, Riverside, Rocky Glen, Sportsmans Paradise, Spring Mills , Spring Mills Farm, Spur Cap, Star View Acres, Tice Manor, Westminister, Whispering Falls, Woodbrier (District Map)
Serve as a Page in the Legislature
If you are planning to visit our State Capitol during the 60-day legislative session or during our monthly interim meetings, I would enjoy meeting with you. Please contact me if I can be of assistance. You can reach me either at my home office number of 304-274-1791 or my Charleston office of 304-340-3148.
For the last 32 years I have been serving as a delegate representing the northern part of Berkeley County, currently the 62nd Delegate District of West Virginia.
“Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen.” —Eisenhower
“Of all the tasks of government, the most basic is to protect its citizens from violence.” —John Foster Dulles.