"With the number of Blue Ribbon Commission meetings we have across the state, we think we'll get very good information from a variety of different groups," Goodwin added.
Jan Vineyard, who moderated Tuesday's meeting and represents the state Business and Industry Council on the commission, also expressed no concerns about the Contractors Association unduly influencing the public hearings.
In fact, Vineyard said she sent a memo to members of the council urging them to attend Thursday's commission meeting in Huntington.
"We think the more, the merrier. We want these responses from all the people," she said.
"Everyone wants good highways," Vineyard said. "I think we're hitting home -- people understand we need to pay for them."
The nine public meetings will wrap up Aug. 15 in Elkins. The commission is expected to meet later in August to finalize recommendations to the governor for ways to fund more adequately state road construction and maintenance needs.
Clowser said he's hopeful Tomblin will call a special session of the Legislature later this year to act on those recommendations.
"I do think people realize something must be done now, or we have to accept the consequences," Clowser said. "This issue is so vital and so important, I would hope they'd want to address it in a special session."
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