"We need to have incentives to try to get physicians to go into primary care," Campbell said.
Business and investment were also topics of the event. Kessler plans to continue making the pitch for a "future fund," which he said would use only a portion of severance taxes to create a long-term savings account for the state.
"Rather than spending every single penny that comes in from that, put some on the side," Kessler said. "In 10 years, five years, 20 year, 50 years from now, we've got a nest egg of money that we can rely on to help operate our government and ... provide services to the people."
Delegate Doug Skaff, D-Kanawha, said 2014 is the year to implement a program like Project Launchpad -- an initiative to encourage business innovation in West Virginia.
"Only if [businesses] create new jobs here in West Virginia that don't exist today, we're going to help them with this new tax structure," Skaff said of incentives that might include allowing businesses to keep more withholding tax or giving them a break on business and occupation costs.
Sen. Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said the best thing government can do for businesses is "get out of the way."
"We want to lessen the government intervention in your business, free you up to let you do what you do best -- create jobs, make money, hire West Virginians," Carmichael said.
Speaker of the House Tim Miley, D-Harrison, touched on his four-part legislative plan, F.E.E.D. An acronym for "families and communities, energy, education, and developing our economy," Miley wants a well-rounded approach to legislating this year.
Miley said his personal top priority is addressing substance abuse in the state. It will take a collaborative effort, Miley said, but investing more money in drug abuse rehabilitation is a place to start.
"I think there's a belief that they're not that effective, but I think we need to educate the public more as to the effectiveness of the programs, measure their success and hold them accountable," Miley said.
This would be the next step in the progress Miley said the Legislature made last year, by passing legislation that allowed for more drug courts to be established in West Virginia.
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