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Tomblin’s job impact proposal a good idea

February 24, 2013

A household environment in which no one is bringing home a paycheck is an unhealthy one. Ask anyone who’s had to cope with the challenge of feeding children healthy meals on food stamps....

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Feb-24-13 9:29 PM

West Virginia does little to enforce its invironmental laws that it currently has on the books. West Virginians already have some of the worst health issues in the nation. It makes little sense to pass legislation that protects employment when the very job you are protecting is killing you from the poisons that it creates.

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Feb-24-13 7:34 PM

I think it's a great idea. While I do care about the environment, and want clean air, I believe environmentalists look through very narrow lenses that seem to hide the effects to families due to lost jobs; towns and cities to mass closures.

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Feb-24-13 10:25 AM

Also: What time frame is involved? If the estimate can be made at all (denver brings up a good point), perhaps it should be made for 5 years out, 20 years out, & 50 years out. I'll illustrate w/ a ridiculous example: if on finishing 8th grade you ask the agency, "Should I go to high school?" the agency would reply, "Over the next 5 years you will make more money by not going to high school. But over the next 20 or 50 years, you will make much less."

The example is silly, but any infrastructure project will appear to be a disaster if the timeframe is too short. We don't want to wait for the flagger to let us proceed past highway work; we didn't allow time for that.

For environmental questions, the payback time is usually long.

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Feb-24-13 7:02 AM

The problem with what Tomblin is asking is, "State agencies have a less-than-stellar track record in producing accurate estimates. The Legislative Auditor office has studied the issue over the years and found agencies have a habit of overestimating effects of legislation. Reviews of past estimates found that 69 percent of fiscal notes prepared in 2008 and 84 percent of those prepared in 2007 had been overestimated. In fact, only 13 percent of the fiscal notes prepared in both years came within 10 percent of actual results."

Sounds like a waste of time and money to me!

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