Woody Thrasher on Jobs
Lower taxes, fewer regulations, incentivize small business
I've seen firsthand when West Virginians have better opportunities, most of them will stay here to make a living. We need more and better jobs, and state government can absolutely help facilitate that through
lower taxes, fewer regulations, incentives for existing small businesses, continuing workforce development and support for creative economic opportunities.
Source: Williamson Daily News on 2020 West Virginia governor race
, Mar 24, 2020
Will work to pass "right-to-work" legislation
The reasons I'm running are simple. We need real leadership to bring jobs and we need to follow President Trump's lead to improve our economy and fight government corruption.
The good work of
our strong, conservative, Republican Legislature to move our state forward, like bringing us right-to-work, must continue. I'm a pro-life conservative who believes in the Second Amendment. West Virginia's values will always be protected by me.
Source: 2020 W.V. Governor campaign website WoodyThrasher2020.com
, Dec 13, 2019
State must help diversify economy
Another pressing issue he points out is the lack of economic diversity resulting in the lack of opportunity for the youth. "We continue to see the economic boom and bust from a resource extraction economy with no effort to diversify it.
So I think there are real opportunities for change and I don't feel like the current administration is beginning to do those things that are going to resolve the change that we desperately need."
Source: WTRF Valley Grove on 2020 West Virginia Gubernatorial race
, Dec 5, 2019
WV needs jobs or we'll keep losing population
Thrasher said he believes it's his job to create jobs, and in an effort to do so, he's toured the Mountain State extensively. Thrasher said, "I drove 58,000 miles trying to generate work for 20 years. There are only three communities that have grown in
size--Martinsburg, Morgantown and Teays Valley." He said the vast majorities of communities across West Virginia have seen a decline. "Last year, West Virginia lost 11,000 people," he said. "We have lost people for 20 years in a row.
We are the only state in the union to lose population for 20 years in a row--West Virginia has lost more people than any other state in the union."
Thrasher said the reason for the population decline is a lack of economic opportunities. "Most of the
kids that leave, and they are mostly kids or recent graduates, leave because they do not believe they have opportunities here," he said. "They go other places where they are extremely successful. It breaks my heart to see where West Virginia is going."
Source: MyBuckhannon.com on 2020 West Virginia Governor debate
, Aug 27, 2019
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