Dear Friends and Neighbors in North Berkeley County,
As we begin a new year, West Virginia has had many successes over the last year while we still face major challenges. In a few days when the 60-day 2016 legislative session starts, our top priorities have to be job creation and getting our budget balanced. West Virginia has the highest unemployment in the nation and the lowest workforce participation rate. That is why improving our business climate is so important, getting our people back to work. Although some of the factors are beyond our control such as Washington’s war on coal, and really all fossil fuels, this energy state needs to diversify our economy.
When looking at the factors employers use in deciding which states to expand in, some issues stand out: our tax and regulatory climate and issues like Right to Work. While there are special interest groups fighting for the status quo, the status quo is not acceptable unless we like our position of being the only state projected to lose population where our best and brightest are all too often forced to leave the state to find relevant employment. Taking on these special interest groups will assure a lively session starting January 13, but it must be done! Our success will be based on making WV job friendly.
I would like to thank the citizens of North Berkeley for over three decades of support. I have enjoyed listening to you, serving you and representing you as we continue the two-way communication. I hope you will be able to attend one of my Town Meetings during the second and third Saturdays in January and will complete and return a Citizens’ Poll, and will keep 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, and looking for the largest beech tree.
Best wishes for an outstanding 2016!
Delegate John Overington
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 January 9 at the Bedington Ruritan Building from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Directions: (just south of the Bedington Crossroads on the west side of Rt. 11). The second meeting will be on Saturday, January 16, 2016 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.
“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 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 will be my 32nd year of holding these meetings at the start of the 60-day legislative session which begins January 13 at noon and concludes on March 12. The top priorities for 2016 have to be job creation and getting our state budget balanced. West Virginia has the highest unemployment in the nation and the lowest workforce participation rate. That is why improving our business climate is so important, getting our people back to work.
Other topics the legislature will be considering this year include drug testing for those on welfare, Right to Work legislation, prevailing wage rate repeal, and the homestead exemption, protecting religious freedom and issues dealing with Berkeley County’s growth. Also of concern are the status of 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
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.