Good morning and welcome to Week 2 of the Legislative Hubbub!
This week we have dug deep through the nearly 800 bills introduced in the House to pull out the ones that we're going to be keeping a close eye on.
We're especially eager to follow the Small Business Investment Act (expanding crowdfunding opportunities for WV businesses) and HB 4194 (requiring every high school to provide a computer science class).
The Hub is hiring for an economic diversification project coordinator to support southern coalfields communities (find out more about the job opening here!), and it got us thinking about what specifically the Legislature is doing that would diversify the southern economy.
We're two weeks into the session and the array of proposed solutions is still pretty limited. Let's get to it, West Virginia legislators.
Whether we find that special sauce for economic diversification or not, we do know that welcoming, open communities are a key to community and economic growth. We're seeing some activity that has given us pause about whether this is a value - and understanding - that our elected officials share.
We're two weeks in and things are getting more complicated - and more interesting. Dig in, give us your feedback, and enjoy.