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2-25, Dick Cross, Letter to the Editor for web

Does Wise have it backward?

Based on his State of the State speech recently, Gov. Bob Wise's prescription for economic prosperity for West Virginia seems to be to continue to tax business and the individual to the point where they are driven out of the state -- so that he can raise the money to pay for educational and social programs that he claims will attract new business and people into the state?

When will these people realize that a decent infrastructure and taxes that are competitive with other states might just be what it takes to attract new business and to lure former West Virginians back home?

Once a good business base is created, and our population begins to grow again, the tax revenues will follow -- to help pay for the needed pay increases for our teachers and law

enforcement officers.

Does Wise, like so many of his predecessors, just happen to have the formula backward, or is he just another in the long line of tax-and-spend governors with which West Virginia has been cursed for so long?

Dick Cross

Clarksburg

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