Dear Delegate Kump;Thank you for the email outlining current legislative thoughts toward more restrictions on pharmaceutical purchases. Please vote against any pharmaceutical restrictions on Sudafed or anything else.Previously, when we got sick with common wintertime ailments (cold, flu, bronchitis, coughing, etc.) we could call the family doctor and he would do a phone interview and promptly call in an antibiotic prescription, to be coupled with over the counter recommended pharmaceuticals (i.e. Sudafed). Then the government thought they knew better what was good for us, so they prohibited prescriptions without an office visit and made the Sudafed and other OTC drugs hard to get and limited. This destroyed a system that allowed us to quickly eliminate the disease, stay healthy and productiveNow the procedure is that we call the doctor for an appointment, but he can't see us because there are a limited number of doctors and everybody gets sick at the same time (cold and flu season). The doctor says go to the emergency room but that is an $ 800 out of pocket expense, so that is not going to happen unless we are dying, or you are on welfare where you never really have to pay the hospital. Since we can't get antibiotics, the cold goes down into the chest and sets up an infection, so we develop a terrible cough, fever, and feel lousy. This goes on for two to three weeks, instead of the previous few days. We also get to stand in line for 20 minutes down at the rite aid because the druggist is very busy and filling out forms to buy Sudafed is not his first priority. Those that have poor resistance continue to decline until they have to go to the emergency room for hospitalization or they die.Legislatures are doing a magnificent job of taking a wonderful private health care system and pushing it backwards 100+ years. Now we all sit around and shove warm salt water up our nose to kill infection like the ancient Romans used to do and try to figure out what homeopathic medicine we can take that will work best. Those that work have to take off or make everybody else in the office sick (which doesn't work well when you are self employed, like my wife is), because you can't eliminate the fever quickly and you're infectious as long as you have one.The elitist legislators that come up with such moron type ideas as restricting pharmaceutical treatment have no common sense and are nothing but a burden to the working class of people. Unfortunately, they will never come to appreciate our problems because they have enough connections to get themselves and their family medically treated promptly.Anyway, please vote against these Legislative "good idea fairies" and their stupid proposals.Thanks.Jim SloughBerkeley Springs, West Virginia
Monday, December 23, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Here are the results of last Saturday's telephone issues survey of most likely 2014 Primary election voters in West Virginia House of Delegates District #59 (Berkeley & Morgan Counties):
*90% were for protecting our Constitutional (2nd Amendment) rights.
*85% were for requiring a court warrant before forcing anyone (when stopped by a law enforcement officer) to have their blood tested.
*95% were for protecting the property rights of current residential septic system owners and not forcing hook ups with the public sewer districts.
*85% were against requiring a doctor's prescription in order to purchase "Sudafed" cold medication.
*93% were against "Common Core" and for more local control of our schools.
*93% were for stopping the "Unaffordable Health Care Act" (Obamacare).
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
When over-the-counter Sudafed is outlawed, will only outlaws have head colds?
The evidence now is in- drug Kingpins prefer Mexico as their source of Sudafed. Click on the link below to read more about the legislative folly on Sudafed, in a recent Forbes magazine article:
Friday, December 13, 2013
I adamantly oppose and will vote against any legislative committee recommendation to increase the salaries of elected officials.
The West Virginia Constitution requires the State Legislature to determine the salaries of county elected officials, but my preference is for "Home Rule" on these local issues.
Accordingly I will introduce Home Rule legislation in 2014.
My proposal will seek to amend the West Virginia Constitution, allowing county commissioners and councils to determine the salaries of elected official positions, but ONLY as long as these salary determinations are subject to a local voter referendum.
Delegate Larry D. Kump
MARTINSBURG - When asked for a group consensus, the Berkeley County Council members reiterated their consensus against supporting a pay increase for elected officials and council and commission members.
In Thursday's council meeting, members needed to provide a council representation to Vivian Parsons, executive director for the County Commissioners' Association of West Virginia, on supporting legislation for a salary increase for the 2014 legislative session.
All five council members opposed an increase in 2014.
"It's a budgetary issue for me. We're talking an increase for the council people plus the other electeds, it's a right healthy addition to our budget. Since I've been here, for the past five years, we've taken the approach to cut as much as we can; we haven't been able to give our employees raises because of that," said President Anthony Petrucci.
Most council members expressed the opinion to maintain the current pay level, $36,900, since members knew it was the salary when running for the council.
"We knew what we were getting into when we signed on. I'm perfectly content with my salary," said Jim Barnhart.
"We're still asking people to watch their budget. We're still not out of the tough economic times that we're in. When I decided to run for office, I knew what the pay was. Therefore, I feel that the pay that we get is what we committed to," Copenhaver said. "I feel everyone is entitled to more money, but at the present time, we just don't have the funds."
Both Sen. Don Cookman, D-Hampshire and Delegate Larry Kump, R-Berkeley, will be part of proposals meant to change the legislation concerning a counties' constitutional officials' salaries, although proposals do not mean it will be introduced during the 2014 legislative session.
Kump will propose a constitutional amendment to allow county commissions and councils to determine the salaries of county elected officials subject to a voter referendum approved at the next general election.
Through the Government Organization subcommittee, of which Cookman is a member, the legislation will include a 12 percent increase to elected officials' salaries and a statutory increase of three percent on July 1, 2016, and every two years afterwards.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
To my fellow voters,
I'd like to encourage you to vote. It still is one of the great freedoms we're allowed in this country.
And, I'd like to encourage you to vote for Mr. Larry D. Kump.
There is a lot of things going on this country that just doesn't make sense. Voting for someone who sells lies and then goes rogue once elected into office is one of them. If a man isn't good for his word, he ain't much good for anything.
I encouraged Mr. Kump to run the first time because I've been his neighbor and have known him for a long time. His character is spot on. I knew he could & would make a difference.
Big government is slowing sucking the life out of our once great country. We're seen as a laughing stock now amongst our creditors. This country was founded on Biblical principles, designed to make us free. Now, as they are being stripped away, we the people are becoming slaves.
We need a good man who is rooted and grounded in the principles of moral conscience and liberty.
It's time to take back this land from the thieves and robbers pillaging us taxpayers.
So as an encouragement to vote - vote Mr. Larry D. Kump for the West Virginia House of Delegates...
For Freedom! ...For Liberty!... For Good Governance!
Falling Waters, West Virginia
Monday, November 18, 2013
While there are serious problems with our healthcare system, the "Affordable Care Act" (ACA) is not the solution. Republicans are correct to oppose it. I served several years on the State Board of our professional insurance association. We learned that, in working with the Legislature, you can't merely oppose legislation. You must offer a possible solution. The Romney campaign's failure to do so was costly.
Permit me to outline some ideas that could help address the issues of cost and also
help the involuntarily uninsured.
Allow individuals to deduct insurance premiums on their tax returns.
Allow a person to keep their health care policy when they move from one state to another.
Allow a person who loses group benefits to have an individual policy with the insurer covering the group. Allow alternative benefits that a person losing a job can afford, rather than just the same and temporary benefits under COBRA.
We need tort reform, not tort elimination. Limit malpractice lawsuits. Establish medical courts. The medical community needs to do much more to police their profession regarding malpractice.
Strengthen Medical Savings accounts so that the insured has a stake in the cost of their care. Consumers need to be able to shop for health care and know the costs of what different providers offer. Note the effects in the laser eye surgery market.
Have pre-existing open enrollment periods, as offered by Medicare, rather than enrollment after the event, like the ACA allows.
Withdraw mandatory free care in hospital emergency rooms for non life threatening situations. This is the biggest and costliest abuse.
Allow insurance companies to offer a variety of programs for consumers to choose, not just coverage mandated by the government (such as maternity coverage). Competition drives down prices. Provide liability protection for insurance companies and agents regarding consumers who claim ignorance after signing state approved contracts. Consumers must be responsible for their decisions.
Open subsidized clinics for the poor and those on Medicaid. Give Medicaid folks spending accounts so that they are responsible for how the money is spent.
I understand that some in Congress are working on these ideas. None of the above ideas require a massive increase in bureaucracy, regulations or the costs associated with complying. The ACA simply is a massive wage and price control project. In the 70's, Nixon tried wage and price controls and, of course, they didn't work. The Soviet Union and its former satellites were the premier laboratory
for wage and price controls. Human nature will find a way around them. Individuals need to be allowed to make their own decisions, not government planners. The free market works.
Like the system before it, the ACA is full of special deals and benefits for the politically connected. We need solutions that benefit everyone equally. If we can offer solutions and show the public how they can work, people will listen and accept. That will be a refreshing change from the snake oil that has been peddled for the last four years.
Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Some sincere citizens in Morgan County have written letters to the editor and also have contacted me, asking me to sponsor legislation to allow West Virginia unilaterally to impose term limits on our federal legislators.
Although I support term limits on all elected officials and have responded in great detail to those inquirers, it probably also is prudent to point out that, among other judicial findings of fact in multiple other jurisdictions, the United States Supreme Court ruled in 1995, that, in the absence of a Constitutional amendment, neither the States nor Congress may impose term limits on elected federal officials.
This decision upheld a 1994 ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court on the same issue.
Those who wish further information on this issue may do their own research.
Meanwhile, as a state legislator, I have introduced legislation and will continue to advocate on behalf of term limits for our elected state officials.
Footnote: Contributions for the re-election of Delegate Kump should be mailed to "Friends of Larry D. Kump". P.O. Box 1131, Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The following letter to the editor recently was published in a local newspaper:
Larry currently represents District #59 (Berkeley & Morgan counties) in the West Virginia House of Delegates. I know him and trust him to continue to do the right thing for West Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle. He understands the U.S. and state constitutions and believes laws must conform to them. He favors smaller, responsive and responsible government at all levels. The Panhandle needs Larry's intelligent, temperate and experienced vote in Charleston.
Charles A. Aston
Footnote: Contributions for the re-election of Delegate Kump should be sent to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", P.O. Box 1131, Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
The almost overwhelming grief and anger, directed against those who wantonly abuse and even snuff out the lives of others, wreaks a terrible toll on all of us. It even is akin to an emotional cancer.
Similar events have happened in my life, inasmuch as I also have lost both family members and others dear to me from vile acts of abuse and murder.
In one case, Jeffrey Wroten was one of those victims. Jeff was a correctional officer coworker at the prison where I previously worked. He was a close friend, a loving Father, and a brother in my faith. His agonizing murder at the hands of a violent criminal in his custody continues to haunt my heart.
Further, as a former prison case manager, part of my duties and responsibilities also was to endure court and open parole hearings, wherein the families of victims testified and were forced therein to re-live the memories of those awful acts.
Even so, my opposition to capital punishment remains and for the reasons outlined in my original email (see below).
More simply put, supporting the death penalty is a dark place to which I refuse to go.
To me, this is not just a matter of my personal faith. It also is a profound position of my political policy principles.
I replied to this email last month when you sent it originally but just discovered that you never received it. I'm trying again. Hope you get it.
Regarding your three sobering observations;
1. It's hard to restore a murder victims life.
2. We'll never have to worry about our wives/daughters being raped and murdered by Ted Bundy.
3. Looking at the government money spent on programs like planned parenthood that murder more children in a year than we'll execute in a thousand, it's money well spent.
Original email from West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump ("More Horrendous than Halloween"):
With Halloween arriving soon, there already are too many scary and dangerous folks on the prowl (not counting a few of our elected and wannabe elected leaders).
A number of these scary and dangerous folks even commit crimes, and end up serving time in prison.
While some sincere folks favor the death penalty for those who are convicted of heinous crimes, the morality of authorizing our government to take the lives of others for criminal convictions simply is a hurdle that just is too high for me and my personal faith.
Moreover, my seventeen year servitude in the bowels of a high security lock-up, working as a prison case manager, taught me three other sobering lessons about the death penalty:
* It does not provide restorative justice.
* It is not a deterrent to the commission of crime by others.
* It costs taxpayers more to execute convicted felons than to imprison them for life. (This may seem counter-intuitive and contrary to conventional wisdom for many, but this is due to the tremendously expensive and lengthy appeal provisions guaranteed by the 8th Amendment of our United States Constitution.)
Nonetheless. it is a sad and sobering fact of life that it is necessary to imprison many convicted criminals, in order to protect public safety on behalf of us and our families.
Further, I also frankly favor the lack of parole eligibility for horrendous offenses.
However, some good people have asked me, "But, what about parole for those who are falsely imprisoned?". The answer to that concern is that: Parole consideration for convicted felons is not about their guilt or innocence. That is determined by the courts. Those who feel that they are wrongly convicted have the right to appeal their sentences in our judicial system.
And so, the bottom line for me on the question of the death penalty is that, giving our government the authority to deprive citizens of our most fundamental right (to be able to breathe in and breathe out), simply scares the screaming bejeebers out of me, much more so than innocent Halloween frighteners.
Monday, November 4, 2013
She wondered why government makes so many rules that interfere so much with our right to make personal choices in our own lives.
After we talked, she simply said, "That isn't fair!".
That's why it's my personal political passion to work for individual liberty, personal accountability, and personal empowerment.
Monday, October 28, 2013
As voters in your West Virginia House of Delegates legislative district, my wife and I visited your website and began reading it aloud.
We found ourselves nodding our heads after each point, something that is rare in our house regarding politicians.
These are trying times, and our Constitution is "hanging by a thread".
Best wishes in the election - our state and nation need leaders such as you.
We look forward to voting for you and encouraging all of our friends and neighbors to do the same.
Dick and Jane
P.S.: Your website's "Of Mice & Men" entry and video-link gave us a chuckle, but also made us think.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Thank you ever so much. There is tremendous power in heartfelt and persistent prayer, as you already know.
May God bless all of you and yours real good!
West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump, District #59 (Berkeley-Morgan counties)
www.LarryKump.us & www.LarryKump.com
Barry's Original Letter:
"Dear Delegate Kump,
I just want to thank you for your service to our great State, and let you know that I prayed for you this morning.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
"To the Editor,
...(Delegate) Kump is well-educated, highly experienced and widely respected for his wisdom, fairness and thoughtfulness.
He has over 40 years of prior legislative and public administration skills and experience. These skills and experience include management expertise in managing large budgets and payrolls. This expertise is both on the management and employees' side of the table in multiple jurisdictions throughout our nation. He has drafted and gotten legislation passed into law, often against formidable opposition. He also has experienced both adversity and success in his life. Kump brings to his position an insightful knowledgeable, mature and decisive personality.
He is a strong believer in rock-solid fiscal discipline, enhancing traditional family values, strengthening individual liberty and encouraging personal responsibilities. The citizens of Berkeley and Morgan counties are fortunate to share Kump's services, and the Legislature is especially benefited by his presence.
David Michael Myers"
Footnote: Contributions for Delegate Kump's re-election may be mailed to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", P.O. Box 1131, Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131
Thursday, October 3, 2013
"Mr. Kump made it clear from the start that he would err on the side of liberty, rule of law and the Constitutions of West Virginia and the United States. As far as I can see, he has lived up to his statements.
Thomas B.B. Price"
Footnote: Contributions for the re-election of Delegate Kump may be sent to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", P.O. Box 1131, Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
I do not like this health care scam.
I do not like these dirty crooks,
or how they lie and cook the books.
I do not like when Congress steals.
I do not like their secret deals.
I do not like this spending spree.
I do not think this stuff is free.
I do not like their smug replies,
when I complain about their lies.
I do not like this lack of hope.
I do not like it: Nope! Nope! Nope!
I do like "Horton Hears a Who". I do! I do!
Postscriptum: One wise wag once made an observation that also applies to some of our elected leaders and wannabe elected leaders, "If we had some ham, we could have ham and eggs - if we only had some eggs!"
Do your part to make your voice heard. Send your contributions to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", P.O. Box 1131, Falling Waters, WV 25419
Friday, September 27, 2013
The "Horton Hears a Who" book is one of the all time favorites of Delegate Kump, because of the lesson it teaches about the worth of every individual.
His favorite quote from the book is, "Don't give up! I believe in you all! A person's a person, no matter how small!...If you make yourselves heard! So come on, now, and TRY! ...We've got to make noises in greater amounts! So, open your mouth, ...! For every voice counts!"
Please advise me if the West Virginia Ethics Commission has jurisdiction over the ongoing findings of the West Virginia Legislative Audit regarding the issue of the shady communications expenditures and process, wherein the West Virginia Senate President and the Speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates now also have authorized a report on these findings to the federal prosecutor.
If so, I herewith request that the West Virginia Ethics Commission also investigate and take appropriate action on any ethics violations.
Delegate Larry D. Kump
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
I want to add my voice to what I expect to become a crescendo of support for Larry Kump's candidacy as Delegate.
I've know Larry for the better part of the last two years through the monthly meetings of the Berkeley County Republican Party, his emails about his stance on issues and comments on my earlier letters to various newspapers and his web page. (Larry has no peer when it comes to timely communication!).
Without fail, I've know Larry to focus on issues most meaningful to me as a retired and disabled Senior, father and grandfather! Larry always conducts himself with integrity and humility.
I know some might ask, "Sam, why are you commenting, you're not in Berkeley County anymore." The answer is simple. I do this out of concern for the many friends and family I've left behind. I have two adult children and three grandchildren still living in the Eastern Panhandle. I can think of no greater champion for friends and family than Larry Kump!
I believe so strongly in Larry's candidacy that I made a contribution to his current campaign as my final act while departing Berkeley County. Yes, I really do think that much of Larry Kump's candidacy. As should you!
Footnote: Campaign contributions for the re-election of Delegate Kump will be put to prudent use on behalf of good governance. Send them to
Friends of Larry D. Kump
P.O. Box 1131
Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131
Saturday, September 21, 2013
The following letter to a local newspaper has been edited and reprinted herein, with the permission of the author:
Delegate Larry D. Kump is probably one of the most, if not most, trustworthy Delegates I have ever come across.
He stands up for his constituents, stands up for our personal liberties and freedoms, stands up for our 2nd Amendment rights, and votes with a clear conscience.
He is a firm believer in transparent governmen,t and has an "Open Door" Policy for anyone (from any district) who wishes to discuss legislation in our State House. I have never known him to turn down any request.
His voting record is impeccable.
In fact, I don't know anyone who would have a bad word to say about him.
Right now he is facing a challenger for his seat.
Delegate Kump, the independent voice of the people, is a Constitutionalist at heart, and he refuses to bow down to the establishment of any poltical party, although he is willing to make compromising choices if that is what is best for good government.
There are those who fear this independent "Voice of the People".
Delegate Kump was first elected to the West Virginia Legislature in 2010. He currently serves on the House of Delegates' Constitutional Revision, Government Organization, and Pensions & Retirement Committees. He also serves on the Legislature's Select Committee on Minority Issues. He has over forty years of prior legislative and public administration skills and experience.
He serves to benefit the people and not his own self-interest or the status quo.
Without Delegate Kump at the helm of his district, we all would suffer greatly , and justice would not be served.
Let's continue to support the "True and Honest" voice of the people.
Just another concerned Mountaineer citizen.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Among multiple issues discussed of parallel problems and proposed solutions at the state legislative level, there was major discussion and an action item approved regarding the traffic bottlenecks and public safety problems on Interstate 81.
The conference unanimously endorsed a resolution for the state legislators to jointly petition federal legislators and leadership on behalf of prioritizing federal funding to make improvements in I-81.
Pennsylvania State Senator Richard Alloway was chosen to coordinate these multi-state state legislator efforts.
This Quad State meeting was not conducted at taxpayer expense.
Footnote: Unlike state and county roads, our national Interstate highways are fedrally funded and subject to federal regulation.
The teacher decided that having an election for a class president would be a good civics lesson.
The students would choose the nominees.
The nominees would make campaign speeches, and the class then would vote.
There were many nominations. Sam and Sadie were picked as finalists. Both were good kids.
The day arrived for them to make their speeches.
Sam went first. He had specific ideas about how to make the class a better place, and promised to do his very best. Everyone applauded.
Then Sadie spoke. He said, "If you will vote for me, I will give everybody ice cream."
The class went wild, screaming, "Yes! Yes! We want ice cream!".
Sam didn't say anything more. He didn't have to.
A discussion followed. How did she plan to pay for the ice cream? Sadie didn't know.
Would her parents buy it, or would the class pay for it? Sadie didn't know.
The class really didn't care. They just wanted ice cream.
Sam was forgotten.
Sadie won by a landslide.
Sometimes, elections are like that.
So, when we vote, let's do so on the basis of positive principles and not on puffed-up promises and platitudes.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Matching city elections with stateâs could save money
The changes in municipal elections proposed for consideration by the City Council of West Virginia's State Capitol make so much sense that other Mountaineer municipalities also should consider going and doing likewise.
In point of fact, I previously have been asking voters about this very issue for several years now and am mulling the introduction of legislation to bring about this good effect.
Delegate Larry D. Kump
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
A Letter to the Editor:The election for our delegates and representatives in 2014 is probably the most important election for American and Americans. Check out the candidates before you vote.Do we want to shut down our coal industry? Do we want the EPA and Obama mandating such harsh regulations that small businesses have to close down and let go their valued employees?Do we want government surveillance of and intrusion into our lives?Do we accept the inexorable and exorbitant taxes (i.e. the new 19.5% water/sewer tax hike)?Do we want to lose our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms?This is why I highly recommend Larry D. Kump for Delegate. I will be voting for him. He is a man of his word, a man of honor. Our issues are his issues. He submits bills that support us, supports lowering taxes, supports small businesses, and he works to protect our Constitutional rights and liberties.Stephanie Robinson
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Saturday, August 10, 2013
In accepting this unexpected appointment to the Select Committee on Minority Issues, The Eastern Panhandle Delegate promised Speaker Miley that, "I swear to strive to shield and secure the Constitutional and God given rights and responsibilities of all Mountaineers, without regard to special interest or circumstance."
Kump went on to point out that, "In doing so, I will seek equal opportunity, not equal outcome, for all of us through the passionate pursuit of individual liberty and personal accountability and empowerment."
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
New study confirms that hands-free is not risk-free
Driver distraction is not a recent phenomenon. It's been around since 1903 when an inventor named Mary Anderson created the windshield wiper. Critics feared the rhythmic motion would lull drivers into a trance but by 1913, windshield wipers were standard equipment on most cars.
Ten years ago, smart phones were rare; today about 234 million Americans use mobile devices. Now a brave, new world of integrated voice-driven communications is transforming your vehicle into a rolling portal for voice, data and social media. The challenge facing motorists, regulators and automakers, is thinking more intelligently about their benefits and risks.
Educating motorists about responsible use will be crucial. Hands-free technologies have been shown to cause dangerous levels of cognitive distraction — even when drivers keep both hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.
A new study commissioned by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that driver reaction time slows as the mental workload and distractions increase. Brain function is compromised and less time is spent scanning the road ahead. As a result, visual cues are missed and drivers may not see objects directly in front of them.
His findings support a growing body of evidence that hands-free is not risk free. Increased mental workload and cognitive distractions can lead to a type of tunnel vision or "inattention blindness" where motorists don't see potential hazards directly in their path.
Based on this research, which constitutes the most in-depth analysis to date of mental distractions behind the wheel, AAA wants to limit the use of voice-activated technology to core driving-related tasks until their effects are more clearly understood.
In April, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), released distraction guidelines encouraging automobile manufacturers to limit the distraction risk connected to integrated, hands-free and voice-driven communications systems.
The guidelines establish specific criteria for devices requiring drivers to take their hands off the wheel or eyes off the road. Among their recommendations are limiting the time a driver must take his or her eyes off the road to perform any task to two seconds at a time and twelve seconds total. Functions like text messaging and Internet browsing would be disabled unless the vehicle is stopped and in park.
These guidelines are strictly voluntary, but carmakers almost always comply with them because they tend to signal the government's intentions for future rule making.
AAA wants lawmakers and industry to strike the right balance between high-tech innovation and public safety. Without a sophisticated understanding of seemingly helpful technological advances, we may find ourselves facing significant public safety issues down the road.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Click on the link below to access this newspaper news story:
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Saturday, July 27, 2013
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The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.
So, that's what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. "Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20." Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.
The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men - the paying customers?
How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share?' They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But, if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.
So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay. And so:
The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).
Each of the six was better off than before, and the first four continued to drink for free.
But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings. "I only got a dollar out of the $20,"declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, "but he got $10!"
"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than I did!"
"That's true!!" shouted the seventh man: Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!"
"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison: "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"
The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.
The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important: They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!
And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, or attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.
Footnote: Contributions for the re-election of West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump should be sent to "Friends of Larry D. Kump", P.O. Box 1131, Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419-1131. All contributions will be used prudently to pursue Delegate Kump's continued advocacy of the principles of economic freedom, Constitutional liberties, and personal accountability. As long as he continues to breathe in and breathe out, he will stand where he is planted and strive to serve those principles.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Although the Commission repeatedly claimed last night that they were not campaigning for more taxes and were open to all ideas, that assertion was questioned by citizens at the meeting.
The Commission also used a fun and fascinating, yet flawed and faux "focus group" polling of meeting participants, using high tech individual "clickers" and instant power point displays of the results to each question.
I pointed out, in my testimony, and based of previous years of administrative experience with statistical analysis and polling protocols, that last night's polling was not a scientific sampling of all voters, and that some of the language and scope of the poll questions was troublesome.
Even so, the meeting participants still did not "buy in" to the idea of more taxes, and expressed a strong desire for much better management of our tax dollars.
You make too much sense.
(Delegate Carol Miller - Huntington)
Footnote: Please see the news stories and entries posted at this website; "Avoid Rush of Highway Tax Hikes", "Voters Resist Road Taxes" and "WV Leaders Ponder Tax Hikes"
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Thursday, July 11, 2013
West Virginia Delegate Larry D. Kump's testimony at the "Blue Ribbon Commission" public hearing regarding taxation for highways and bridges, held on Thursday, July 11th, 2013, at the Comfort Suites in Kearneysville (unexpectedly moved from theHoliday Inn in Martinsburg):
Here we go again!
After years of legislative trench warfare, and nipping right on the heels of at long last abolishing West Virginia's cruel and regressive grocery tax, it truly is troubling that one of the first agenda issues of our government leadership is to parade a smorgasbord menu of ways for more taxing and spending, followed by an anticipated special session of the Legislature, to consider putting tax increases into law.
It is true that different states use somewhat different mechanisms to fund roads and bridges. It also is true that West Virginia is among a minority of states that manages both state and county roads and bridges. However, even with Maryland's increase of their gasoline taxes, just days ago, West Virginia still has the region's highest gasoline taxes, bar none.
Another fact is that there is a growing consensus realization that West Virginia is challenged with a need for better maintenance of roads and bridges, as well as for improvements to our transportation network.
In addition to the need for road improvements in just about every local area throughout West Virginia, two specific examples that immediately come to mind for me is the long delayed completion of "Corridor H", as well as improvements to Route 9 West of Martinsburg. In point of fact, I recently observed one bumper sticker, that proclaimed "I pray every day. I drive Route 9!".
West Virginia's road wish list is a long one.
However, let's not rush to surrender to an anxious clamor for increased taxes and spending, while merely giving lip service to vigorously investigating ways to reform our current practices and procedures.
All of this reminds me of me and my sister when we were children. Before every Christmas, we eagerly would go through the "Wish Book" (Sears & Roebuck catalog), circling all the toys we wanted for Christmas. Even so, we children were well aware that Mom and Dad couldn't afford to grant all of our childish wishes out of their almost empty pockets.
That also reminds me of a modern fable, illustrative of the perils of large bureaucracies, that was recently told to me by my friend and colleague, Delegate Marty Gearheart of Bluefield, WV.
As the story goes, there were two highway employees working on a median strip. One was digging holes. The other was following him and filling those holes back up. When asked what they were doing, both replied that they were dutifully doing their jobs, but admitted that there used to be three of them. One dug the hole, one planted the tree, and the other filled in the hole around the tree, but the tree planter was assigned to another job and nobody told the other two to do anything differently.
How does all of this apply to all of us taxpayers here and now?
If we are to maximize the efficient use of our highway tax dollars, now is the time to first consider and do things better, much better.
One good place to start is to ask rank and file highway employees, the ones who know most about field operations, for their analysis and suggestions, and to receive these ideas without filtering this honest feedback through various levels of management. Taxpayers also should be encouraged to chime in with their suggestions. Hopefully, this hearing today will only be the first step in an expanded and much intensified process to do just that.
Another recommendation is to begin a comprehensive and truly independent review of current West Virginia (and even federal) laws, procedures, and staffing by a team of accomplished management analysts. Their assignment should be to come up with a matrix of what is absolutely necessary for reasonably safe highway transportation, as opposed to what would be nice but just too much Champagne for our beer budget.
To do these things only would be prudent and practical, but, in closing, let me mention just three more of a multitude of suggestions that merit serious review.
Our current practice of government mandated and inflated salaries for private contractors' employees costs Mountaineers mountains of wasted tax money, not only for roads and bridges, but also for other public projects, such as libraries and such.
Also, the State of West Virginia is forfeiting a big bundle of revenue from far too many West Virginia residents, who drive vehicles with out of state tags and use out of state drivers' licenses. Not only does the West Virginia Department of Transportation lose lots of revenue from these unpaid tags and licenses under already established law, but our other government agencies also lose loads of personal property tax revenue. Accordingly, it would be helpful if the West Virginia Department of Transportation helped coordinate information about these scofflaws with our local county sheriffs and assessors, for follow-up action by them. For those who doubt that this is a problem in our area, I invite you to just stop by one of our local elementary schools during school days and count the out of state license tags of parents dropping off and picking up their kids from school.
Finally, with the boom of Marcellus shale and oil revenue in West Virginia, let's consider dedicating a fixed percentage of that new state income to our roads and bridges, and, although ithis does not relate to our roads and bridges, let's also investigate the Alaska example of returning a fixed percentage of this income directly to taxpayers.
You know, I've never much liked that West Virgina slogan of "Open for Business". To me, it sent the message, "Open for Business...as Usual".
West Virginia's many years of doing business as usual in regard to our system of taxes and regulation is what puts us in competition with Mississippi for the dubious distiction of the State with the poorest people in the nation.
We deserve better, much better.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
Our group was particularly impressed and deeply moved by his personal account of his previous duty as a chief security operative for the former Shah of Iran, and how he later discovered and embraced the principles of liberty and personal accountability as a naturalized citizen of the United States of America.
His observation that Americans enjoy liberty, but mostly fail to appreciate the depth and value of that blessing was an incredible personal testimony. We were rapt.
I'm encouraging all of my friends and associates to visit Ben's personal website (www.kelkye.com), as well as his organization's website (www.FrederickIWLA.org) Note: At the organization's website, click on "Training Classes".
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Ah, well, I hope and pray that you decide to be a candidate for re-election in 2014 to the West Virginia House of Delegates.
I also hope that my experiences with other legislators are as informative (really hard to come by) and communicative (even harder) as mine have been with you.
It gives me warm fuzzies knowing for sure that at least one of my representatives actually is listening.
If I had a say-so, I'd keep you around just for that.
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Footnote: The statistics quoted by Delegate Kump in his letter to West Virginia Transportation Secretary Paul A. Mattox and Captain Rob Blair, Regional State Police Commander, included attribution to former West Virginia Delegate Walter Duke, who did the research on this issue.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
It is a duplication of my original May 23rd suggestion to First Energy (parent company of Potomac Edison and Monogahela Power), also posted on this website, ("Inquiry to the Power Company" entry of May 23rd, 3013).
Delegate Larry D. Kump
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
For more information on how to file a complaint with the West Virginia Public Service Commision, telephone 1-800-642-8544.
Delegate Larry D. Kump
Friday, May 24, 2013
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