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GIARDINA : STOP COAL CREDITS ; MYERS : EASE TAXES, RULES

Denise Giardina and Bob Myers' economic agendas for the state don't

 

  • tray far from their anti-coal and anti-government platforms.
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    Both Giardina and Myers oppose a regional airport in Lincoln County,

     

    however. Gov. Cecil Underwood and Rep. Bob Wise, the Republican and

     

    Democratic contenders, support the concept of a regional airport.

     

     

    Giardina wants to tax any individual or company who owns more than

     

    10,000 acres of land in the state. She also wants a coal royalty

     

    tax.

     

     

    Last year, mountaintop removal mining and valley fills prompted the

     

    award-winning novelist to start the Mountain Party and run for governor.

     

     

    "People can't diversify the economy if they don't have access to the

     

    land to build houses and build businesses on," Giardina said.

     

     

    "We need to diversify and stop depending on the coal

     

    industry, and that means first of all stopping giving them tax credits.

     

    ... Use those resources in other directions," she said.

     

     

    Giardina also wants more state money spent on tourism, alternative

     

    agriculture, and water and sewer development in Southern West Virginia.

     

    She agrees with Rep. Bob Wise that state businesses should be given more

     

    emphasis than out-of-state recruitment.

     

     

    In typical third-party fashion, she's more forceful than Wise, who has

     

  • aid diplomatically: "There needs to be some changes in the effort to
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    encourage retention and development from within, as well as industrial

     

    recruitment from the outside." (See accompanying story.)

     

     

    On her Web page, Giardina says it this way: "Tax credits should go to

     

    businesses owned by you and your neighbors, not outside companies like

     

    Rite-Aid that pull up stakes and leave. We should encourage the start-up

     

    of more home-grown businesses and build a reputation as a haven for small

     

    businesses."

     

     

    Myers opposes all tax incentives. Economics in West Virginia are bad

     

    "in spite of an effort by state government to throw taxpayer dollars at

     

    economic development," Myers said.

     

     

    "As a Libertarian, we do not believe that the government should be

     

    involved in economic development. We believe that the government's role is

     

    to create a simple environment that will allow people's natural

     

    entrepreneurial abilities to flourish," he said.

     

     

    "That means lower taxes, less regulation, less mandates, less

     

    restrictions, leading toward a free- market atmosphere where people can

     

    buy and sell products and make products and services without government

     

    interference."

     

     

    To contact staff writer Kelly Regan, use e-mail or call 348-5163.

     

     


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