As a proud and independent Mountaineer, my purpose in introducing HB 2698 (Advisory Citizen Referendum on the Eastern Panhandle seceding from West Virginia and joining Virginia) is to take decisive and deliberate action to bring more attention on lifting our citizens out of poor wages, scarce jobs, and reduced personal liberty.
West Virginia has abundent talent and natural resources, but our state government policies stifles our prosperity and freedom.
According to West Virginia University Economics Professor Russ Sobel ("Unleashing Capitalism: Why Prosperity Stops at the West Virginia Border), we could and should do much better.
That's why it's time for not only the Eastern Panhandle but all of West Virginia to stop competing with Mississippi for last place in our quality of life.
Delegate Larry D. Kump, District #52
(Portion of Berkeley & Morgan Counties)