Bringing economic growth to the district he represents; that is the focus for Delegate Gary Howell in
Howell says this all to bring new jobs for the people in his area as well as
"There is a great need for jobs here in
Howell is on the House Committee on Government Organization, overseeing state purchases. He wants a purchasing law proposed; holding the government and state exempt agencies more accountable. He says if laws are violated criminal penalties should be imposed.
"These things cost I think $25,000 to $28,000 each. They put a bunch of them in the storage," said Howell. "They said we will buy them ahead so we will have them for the future. We don't buy technology ahead it goes bad. The exact same router, the state paid $25,000 are now on eBay brand new for $1,500."
Howell says county health departments in the mountain state are allowed to implement health related ordinances without approval from the county. He feels no county department should have unilateral rule, so he wants county commission to vote on county health department laws.
"When you do stuff without any elected official oversight, that is basically totalitarianism, you know it's a dictatorship, we don't live in a dictatorship," said Howell. "We live in a representative democracy and I'm going to fight for freedom every time."
Howell also wants to re-propose the Intrastate Coal and Use act, which will allows coal companies to apply for mining permits with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, instead of the EPA.