February 18, 2013
West Virginia Delegate (D-Mingo)
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s State of the State address was a step in the right direction for the state of West Virginia.
The Governor stressed something very important to me and my fellow residents of Mingo and Logan County: ensuring our students get the education that they deserve. Making sure students have the necessary tools to learn to read and providing opportunities for every student who wants to go to college or vocational school are policies both the Governor and I share.
Teachers have always been an integral part of our community, and as such, it is very important to me that teachers receive the proper certification and education to allow them to provide the proper education to our children. Governor Tomblin made these remarks Wednesday night and I fully intend to back them in order to protect our teachers and children.
In the Governor’s address, prison overcrowding was also a major point. The Governor has created a plan that will help reduce overcrowding by reducing recidivism and increasing public safety. These proposals the Governor has made will save the state over $116 million over the next six years.
Also in his State of the State address, the Governor stressed the importance of the mining industry and mine safety programs. Both the Governor and I understand the importance of the coal industry to this country and this state, and I can assure you that I will work to make sure this valuable industry will not be crippled. With that being said, I am proud to announce that I have introduced a bill to provide penalties for any person who trespasses with the specific intent to shut down an active mine site.
I have an immense amount of faith in our Governor. I believe that his balanced budget will steer the great state of West Virginia in the right direction. If you should have any questions or comments regarding any issues or bills before the legislature please feel free to contact me.
Both Delegate H.K. White and I will continue to fight for southern West Virginia and we look forward to hearing from you.
To write me, my address is Delegate Justin Marcum, State Capitol, Building 1, Room 224-E, Charleston, WV 25305. Or you may call me at (304) 340-3126. I encourage all my constituents to remain active and become part of the legislative process.