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WV Governor Delivers State of the State Address

Job growth and education were the main focus for West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin as he delivered his state of the state address.
CHARLESTON, W.Va.--Job growth and education were the main focus for West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin as he delivered his state of the state address. Tomblin also took time to recognize the achievement of an Eastern Panhandle educator.

For nearly an hour, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin addressed the state of the state highlighting successes and building upon them. He says the mountain state has to continue to improve infrastructure and roadways in the state and needs to bring in more jobs by offering incentives to businesses.

"West Virginia small businesses make up 96% of all employers in the state," says Earl Ray Tomblin, West Virginia Governor. "They are the cornerstone of our growing economy, this is why we must continue taking steps to maintain our status as a business friendly state."

Tomblin says the key to a better economy is better education. The governor says improving STEM education is a priority to prepare students for growing number of jobs in engineering and technology. He also lauded Berkeley County teacher Erin Sponaugle for winning the state teacher of the year award, and says a child's education starts with good teachers.  

"Wow the seeds for tomorrow and invest in our children," says Tomblin "Those called to public service, therefore I commit to funding a 2% pay raise for all teachers and school personnel who invest in our children everyday."

Eastern Panhandle delegates are pleased that Governor Tomblin stressed the importance of job creation and education in West Virginia.
 
"West Virginia currently has the second lowest job creation rate in the country," says Del. Paul Espinosa, (R - Jefferson, District 66) "We also unfortunately, we have the lowest workforce participation rate in the country, so it is imperative that the state take action."

"I think it is fantastic that the governor spoke about giving teachers pay raises in West Virginia," says Del. Stephen Skinner, (D-Jefferson, District 67). "We desperately need that in the Eastern Panhandle. It's going to be critical in retaining and hiring new teachers in the Eastern Panhandle."

The governor also spoke about helping West Virginia veterans, along with people suffering from substance abuse. Tomblin plans to propose purchasing laws to ensure there is oversight to oversee money spent by the state.

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