"Every day we compete against these other states for every opportunity," Burdette said.
He said all of West Virginia's business incentives are performance-based, and credits apply to economic production after the fact.
Burdette conceded that in one of his first legislative meetings after becoming secretary in September 2010, he was asked to provide a list of all financial assistance and tax credits offered through the Development Office.
"To be honest, I was embarrassed to discover we didn't have such a list. It didn't exist," said Burdette, who said the complete list is now available in print copies and on the office's website.
The Development Office also has a four-page brochure outlining development assistance options.
However, Delegate Barbara Fleischauer, D-Monongalia, chided the Development Office for insufficient transparency when it comes to economic incentives to attract business investment.
"Legislators have been asking for transparency since the Underwood administration," she said. "It's not that I think all business tax subsidies are wrong, but we need that data."
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