W.va. house 16 candidate andrew dornbos (r) wv candidates herald-dispatch.com electricity and magnetism quiz questions

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PERSONAL STATEMENT: I am running for House of Delegates because I have grown tired of traditional politicians that say and do anything to get elected. Far too often our legislation and policies are enacted solely based on the direction the political winds are blowing that year, without regard to what is best for the residents of our district and State. The only promise that I am willing to make to the voters is that, if elected, I will use my faith, education, and experience to make decisions I believe are in the best interest of West Virginia.

The past few years have presented many challenges for the state legislature as a result of large deficits, due in large part to the lack of diversity in our state’s economy and the resulting tax revenue decreases. The legislature has performed admirably in passing balanced budgets that have only relied minimally on tax increases, and instead focused on cutting spending.

A major problem impacting safety and health in our communities is the presence of used needles that can be found throughout our area. The root of the problem is the opioid epidemic and the resulting increase in heroin usage in our area. The needle exchange program must be converted to a true 1 for 1 exchange if it must continue.

The legislature’s main priority in helping to develop the economy of the state should be focused on deregulation and promoting a business-friendly legal environment. Our state is one of the most heavily regulated, which sometimes creates confusion with conflicting directives from the federal and state levels. Eliminating unnecessary regulations allows business owners to have certainty and stability.

The recent surge in gun violence and mass shootings is largely the result of a society that has generally fallen away from traditional Christian values, a lack of involved parents, and undiagnosed mental illness. Restriction on 2nd Amendment rights is not the answer. The only way to solve this crisis is to be involved in the lives of our children.

Miners’ health and safety should always be a priority, and the increased incidence of black lung is something that is already being addressed by increased and improved monitoring of dust levels. As a heavily regulated dangerous industry, operators must be able to rely on the medical and engineering experts’ advice on what is needed.

The biggest problem with workforce development in our state is a lack of workers capable of passing a drug test as a result of the opioid epidemic. If the state wants to move forward with a diversified economy it will take more than lip service, and will require significant investment in the prevention, treatment and recovery from substance use disorder.

The legislature has taken significant steps in recent years to address the problem – limiting opioid prescriptions and requiring insurance coverage for treatment, just to name a couple from this year. However, if we are to make a dent in the epidemic it will take more law enforcement and an emphasis on diversion of using offenders to treatment.

The problem I see with PEIA is a limited number of insured state employees that may not be able to sustain the program at levels that make PEIA more desirable than private insurance. While it is a completely different type of coverage our state should look at the privatization of health insurance as we did with workers’ compensation.

The natural gas drilling industry is already heavily regulated on both the state and federal level. While we all agree that clean water and the absence of ground contamination is vital to our environment and wildlife, there are already protections in place and it is important to rely on experts in the field instead of special interest groups.

The state took a significant step this year by implementing a pay raise for our public educators. If we are to remain competitive with surrounding states we must be able to retain our outstanding graduates of Marshall University’s education department. The best way to do that is through a competitive compensation and benefits package.

The majority of the state (over 90%) already has access to broadband internet. However, the more rural areas of the state continue to have access issues due, in part, to a lack of competition. The state should encourage new local providers for rural areas through tax incentives and grants.