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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