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The holidays and future legislative plans

JEFFREY REYNOLDS SPORTS EDITOR

December 6, 2012

Justin Marcum


Delegate (D-20)


As the Christmas season approaches, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Christmas is an important that where we can celebrate the coming of a Savior while spending time with family and friends. I hope you find this holiday season full of much blessing and joy.


The New Year is a time of celebration and wishes. However, it is also important as a Legislator. Beginning the first week of January, the First Session of the 81st Legislature will have its first meeting of the New Year. We will meet in the House Chambers and prepare for the upcoming session that will officially begin its business in early February.


Before that, Governor Tomblin will have the State of the State address and lay out his agenda for the upcoming session.


Many of the topics being discussed deal with taxes, jobs, and our education system. The State of West Virginia is expected to see more tax breaks come from the state level. For one, the food tax will be completely eliminated this year. This will allow middle class families more money to save or invest back into our local economies.


As always, jobs are an important topic that must be addressed. I am committed to fighting for more jobs in the 20th District while working to save and strengthen our coal economy. With that said, we have an advantage that most of West Virginia does not; post-mine land. Post-mine land is very important for job attraction. It is flat land that was previously used for coal mining purposes which already has water and sewer present. This land is expansive and provides a solid footing that helps in the attraction of new jobs to the area. Through a collective effort of everyone, we can and we will make Southern West Virginia a strong economy that is centered around coal and other forms of manufacturing.


Education. One word that means a lot to everyone in the Mountain State. This word, in my opinion, will be the center of attention in Governor Tomblin’s State of the State address. It has also been swirling around the Capitol for a while now. A recent audit was conducted of West Virginia’s school system and many of those topics will be subject to potential legislation. Furthermore, I have been working on a piece of legislation that will help teachers. Throughout all of this we must also keep the student first and work towards a better education system that benefits everyone.


I want to thank the voters during the recent General Election for the trust they placed in me. I am humbled and will continue to fight for the 20th District. The 81st Legislature will be an exciting, yet demanding time that I look forward to. Furthermore, both House Finance Chairman Harry Keith White and I welcome you to the beautiful Capitol building. We are working together to make Southern West Virginia a better place to call home. Harry Keith and I are always appreciative of your support and prayers as we take on the people’s business in Charleston. You can reach me at justin.marcum@wvhouse.gov. Merry Christmas and God Bless!