"Seeing is always believing," Kessler said. "We can read about it or whatever, but if we can sit and talk to their governor and legislative leaders and the board that administers the fund, it will give us unique insights into how to set up a fund and why it's a desirous course of action for our state."
West Virginia already has two rainy day funds with nearly $1 billion, but Kessler said those funds are for different purposes -- health care and natural disasters -- and not for planning for the future.
"Do we really need more than $1 billion in funds for floods and pestilence?" Kessler said. "I'm talking more of an investment fund for diversifying our economy."
The trip will be from Aug. 21 to 23. At $77 per night, hotel accommodations for the 18-member delegation will be about $3,000. Kessler was not sure about the exact total cost of the trip, but estimated it at about $1,000 per person.
"But at the end of the day, if we come back saving a billion . . . , " Kessler said.
Other than Kessler, the legislators going on the trip are Sen. Bob Beach, D-Monongalia; Sen. Rocky Fitzsimmons, D-Ohio; Sen. Daniel Hall, D-Wyoming; Sen. Bill Laird, D-Fayette; Sen. Ron Miller, D-Greenbrier; Sen. Robert Plymale, D-Wayne; Sen. Gregory Tucker, D-Nicholas; Sen. Bob Williams, D-Taylor; Delegate Jason Barrett, D-Berkeley; Delegate Phillip Diserio, D-Brooke; Delegate Nancy Guthrie, D-Kanawha; Delegate Bill Hamilton, R-Upshur; Delegate Richard Iaquinta, D-Harrison; Delegate Mike Manypenny, D-Taylor; Delegate Eric Nelson, R-Kanawha; Delegate Ron Walters, R-Kanawha and Delegate Adam Young, D-Nicholas.
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