WHY WV’s 2017 ROAD BOND AMENDMENT IS A BUST

             During a meeting of the State Executive Committee of the Mountain Party of West Virginia, a motion approved the following position on the 7 October election regarding the Road Bond Amendment of 2017.
            The WV Mountain Party recommended the defeat of the 2017 Road Bond Amendment and encouraged West Virginians to vote “NO” on the amendment.
             Mountain Party questions several line items for the amounts budgeted. We predict that upon passage West Virginia will incur serious cost overruns on larger projects and leave smaller projects unable to be undertaken.
            The Road Bond significantly contained no provisions to favor West Virginia-based contractors and suppliers. Further, several highways projects arealready under way with fewer than 75% of the work force being West Virginia residents and not utilizing WV suppliers of materials.
          Under the existing Workplace Freedom Act,  the door is wide open for out of state contractors to underbid West Virginia contractors, using low wage workers and/or undocumented workers.
          There is a similarity between this 2017 proposal and the funding of the WEST VIRGINIA TURNPIKE during the early 1950’s. Under Republican Governor Cecil Underwood (1958), the bonds issued for the construction of the Turnpike had to be refunded due to revenue shortfalls from tolls. Thus, the State of West Virginia earned a black eye in the world of international finance.
          There is little public input allowed for imposing tolls upon roads improved under governor Justice’s 2017 amendment.
          The Mountain Party of West Virginia encourages the voters to vote “NO” to the Bond Issue on Saturday, 7 October. We can do better.
Danny Lutz
16th District State Executive Committee
Mountain Party of West Virginia
Chair, Economic Justice Committee

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WV Mountain Party FAQs

WV Mountain Party FAQs

Answers to Our Most Frequently Asked Questions:


BE the Solution!

Why join a Political Party?

Unless you happen to be very wealthy, the most direct way for We, the People, to effectively confront the abuse of power so common among WV’s elected officials is to join a Political Party. Active participation in a Political Party empowers YOU to shape the debate by collectively amplifying your influence over how elected politicians either promote, or block, legislation that affects your family, friends, and community.

Why support a “Third” Party?

West Virginia’s rapidly diminishing population is proof positive that our “Two Party System” promotes the excesses of large corporations above the best interests of our communities. Support for the right “Third” Party by you and your fellow citizens is the only logical way to naturally restore Governing Power to the People of our fossil fuel-rich, yet rapidly diminishing State.

Why choose the West Virginia Mountain Party?

Since our beginning, the Mountain Party Platform and Bylaws have focused on truly representing the rights of all citizens. That’s why Our Platform and Bylaws are your assurance that:

  • Mountain Party leaders have –and will always– avoid the mercenary pitfalls inherent to WV’s “mainstream” political system. That’s because:
  • Mountain Party members are truly focused on restoring governing power back to the people.

FACT: Voters have enabled the Mountain Party to maintain full ballot access far longer than any Third Party in the history of the State! That’s because throughout the years, all of our Elected Leaders and Nominees have lived up to the honorable ideals expressed in our Platform!

For more info about the Mountain Party, our Platform, and bylaws,
visit mountainpartywv.com/about-us or call 304 989 1629


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2017 Mountain Party FAQs


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Your Call is Needed TODAY.

Thurs. July 25, 2017

This afternoon there is scheduled a crucial vote in the U.S. Senate. It’s on whether or not to open yet another discussion regarding how to repeal or replace the Affordable Health Care Act, which is better known as Obamacare. Despite Republicans having voted countless times to repeal it ever since it passed, they haven’t been able to muster the votes –yet.

At 12:00PM-1:00 PM Tuesday July 25th, 500 Virginia Street East Charleston, WV 25301 (The corner of Laidley and Virginia St, in front of the United Bank building) people are planning to gather to let Capito know they expect her to vote against further “discussion” and preserve the status quo. WE DON’T THINK THAT GOES FAR ENOUGH. And here’s why:

The latest Republican plan to replace Obamacare has been dead for about a week now, mainly because there weren’t enough Senators willing to vote reduce health care coverage for citizens. And while Obamacare remains far from perfect (due to a cadre of gutless (or worse) Democrats back when they controlled Congress,) undercut it (including Jay Rockefeller), now the main plan is to discuss whether or not to simply repeal it altogether. And although there is the implied option to later replace it with “something better”, don’t count on it.

The upshot of today’s vote is to “open up discussion” so that the Senate could either vote (yet again) to repeal-and-replace it with its already failed Better Care Act Reconciliation, or (far more likely) move on a straight repeal.

Or, the Senate could possibly revive its Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017, which is identical to the reconciliation bill that passed both houses of Congress in 2015, only to be vetoed by President Obama. He shot it down because it cut Medicaid so deeply, also ending the mandated health care coverage for most Americans.

Pretty complicated stuff, eh?  Not really.

If it passes, what today’s pig-in-the-poke vote will do is grant more time for Majority Leader McConnell and President Trump to wrangle enough votes on a bill fashioned to cut citizens’ coverage under Medicaid and Medicaid Expansion, so that the wealthiest Americans can get a tax break.

If you’re not in the same tax bracket as Jay Rockefeller or Shelley Capito, or Joe Manchin, you could call today to tell the Senate to close off further discussion so that the status quo is at least preserved. OR, during that same call, you might accomplish far more.

Tell Capito AND Manchin Senate staffers that instead of endlessly debating how to cut access to affordable health care coverage, Congress really should be figuring out how to expand coverage. And instead of continually lying about how Canada’s universal coverage is a failure, Senators should be studying on how to implement an improved version of Canada’s UNIVERSAL health care here in the U.S..

In other words, don’t just call Senator Shelly Capito to ask her why she voted to repeal Obamacare, call BOTH Capito AND Manchin to tell them that EVERYONE deserves the quality of free coverage that Senators have.

Instead of wasting time on discussing how to repeal and replace, Capito and Manchin should basically announce that they each back Bernie Sanders’ Single Payer plan.

Why do we think Bernie’s Plan is right? Because it just so happens that decades ago, the Mountain Party incorporated in our Party Platform  that enactment of universal health care is a right that all West Virginians deserve. INCLUDING medical, dental and prescription benefits.

Spread the word: WE THE PEOPLE expect Congress to provide us with full universal health care coverage instead of endlessly debating on how to provide more tax breaks for their wealthy campaign backers. 

Contact Sen. Manchin:

Washington, DC

306 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-3954
Fax: 202-228-0002

Charleston Office

900 Pennsylvania Avenue
Suite 629
Charleston, WV 25302
Phone: 304-342-5855
Toll-Free Phone: 855-275-5737 (For residents with a 304 or 681 area code)
Fax: 304-343-7144

Eastern Panhandle Office

261 Aikens Center
Suite 305
Martinsburg, WV  25404-6203
Phone: 304-264-4626
Fax: 304-262-3039

Fairmont Office

230 Adams Street
Fairmont, WV 26554
Phone: 304-368-0567
Fax: 304-368-0198

 Contact Sen. Capito:

Washington, DC

172 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-6472

Charleston Office

500 Virginia Street East
Suite 950
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-347-5372

Martinsburg Office

300 Foxcroft Avenue
Suite 202A
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Phone: 304-262-9285

Morgantown Office

48 Donley Street
Suite 504
Morgantown, WV 26501
Phone: 304-292-2310

Raleigh County Office

BECKLEY, WV
220 N Kanawha Street
Suite 1
Beckley, WV 25801
Phone: 304-347-5372
**Note: Appointments are required for service at this location.


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