The GOP Executive Committee plans to take sides on future ballot issues, Joseph said.
"We will be proactive on all issues and in all elections," he said.
Kanawha library officials have said six of the county's nine libraries might have to close. Kanawha school officials also have threatened cuts.
Joseph, who was elected chairman of the Executive Committee four months ago, has said the public libraries should be privatized. Companies should run libraries and collect fees for books and Internet use, he said.
Jones said it was hypocritical for Joseph to oppose public funding of libraries because Joseph has a taxpayer-funded job. Joseph has worked as building manager for the Upper Kanawha Valley Enterprise Community, an economic development group, for the past 13 years. Joseph's wife works in the Kanawha County Clerk's Office.
"If you want to cut government, maybe you shouldn't work for it," the mayor said. "Every dollar earned in his household comes from the government."
Joseph said the Upper Kanawha Valley organization is largely self-sustaining, and occasionally receives government grants. Federal tax forms show that the nonprofit group gets about half its money through government grants.
"I'm not against government," Joseph said. "I'm for responsible government."
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