January 09, 2014

Interesting developments

West Virginia's legislature is officially in session now and several interesting bills are in play, including some I've worked with allies to advance. I was pleased to see that the leadership of the House of Delegates is supporting an increase in the state minimum wage, a move that the state Chamber of Commerce doesn't seem to oppose.The House majority also came out in support of creating a Future Fund or permanent mineral trust fund, something that Senate President Jeff Kessler has long supported.

All that's encouraging, but it will take a lot of work to make either really happen. And those are just the things we know about. In addition to all that, as a certain former Defense Department head once said, there are known unknowns and unknown unknowns.

Should be interesting. Not necessarily fun or good, but interesting.

1 comment:

Nicholas Temple said...

I just received this email; "A U.S. attorney has opened an investigation looking into the release of a potentially dangerous chemical into parts of West Virginia's water supply.

Nearly 200,000 residents in nine counties have been told not to drink the water and avoid cooking with it, brushing their teeth or even taking a shower.

The spill of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol was found coming from a 48,000-gallon tank at a chemical storage facility about a mile upriver from the West Virginia American Water plant. The chemical is used to wash coal before it goes to market."

I am concerned for you and all of your lovely creatures.