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Recap of the first week in the WV legislative session


In the first three days of the 2016 West Virginia legislative session, many changes have already taken place.

On Friday the Senate judiciary committee approved the Workplace Freedom Act, which if enacted would make it optional for a worker to join a union.

"I want great jobs for every West Virginian, more opportunity,” says Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael (R ). “I want the want ads full of jobs for West Virginia citizens so that they can select whether they want to join a union job or non union job. Let's get this economy growing and provide people in west virginia the opportunities."

But Governor Earl Ray Tomblin already says he will veto the bill if it reaches his desk. Tomblin argues Right-to-Work has not been an issue in trying to get new businesses to locate to West Virginia, a focus of his State of the State address he delivered Wednesday evening.

The Governor also offerred some solutions to the ongoing state budget issues. But even with the Governor's solutions, lawmakers believe drastic cuts will have to happen, and the state needs to continue to focus on expanding industries.

“No one's looking forward to the decisions we're going to have to make to balance that budget,” says Speaker of the House Tim Armstead (R ). “But at the same time we are in a changing economy, we have the war on coal from Washington, has really hurt our coal industry, our energy industry. We're going to have to do everything we can to help that industry but also look at other industries throughout the state."

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