Published in the Morgan Messenger, March 3, 2010, Letters to the Editor:
Your recent editorial about The West Virginia Legislature and the need for more stringent ethics laws, improved traffic safety standards, more state police, and a caution about the proposed new toll road was dead center on the common sense and better governance bulls-eye.
As a minimum standard, HB 4279’s proposed expansion of the West Virginia Turnpike Authority should include a mechanism for local referendums in creating more toll roads. Anything else would be taxation without representation.
However, creating more toll roads is a slippery slope that could create unfair and geographically biased taxation.
Our West Virginia highway system is one area of government that should be fully funded from the statewide budget.
Larry D. Kump