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Denise Giardina and Bob Myers' economic agendas for the state don't


  • tray far from their anti-coal and anti-government platforms.


    Both Giardina and Myers oppose a regional airport in Lincoln County,


    however. Gov. Cecil Underwood and Rep. Bob Wise, the Republican and


    Democratic contenders, support the concept of a regional airport.



    Giardina wants to tax any individual or company who owns more than


    10,000 acres of land in the state. She also wants a coal royalty





    Last year, mountaintop removal mining and valley fills prompted the


    award-winning novelist to start the Mountain Party and run for governor.



    "People can't diversify the economy if they don't have access to the


    land to build houses and build businesses on," Giardina said.



    "We need to diversify and stop depending on the coal


    industry, and that means first of all stopping giving them tax credits.


    ... Use those resources in other directions," she said.



    Giardina also wants more state money spent on tourism, alternative


    agriculture, and water and sewer development in Southern West Virginia.


    She agrees with Rep. Bob Wise that state businesses should be given more


    emphasis than out-of-state recruitment.



    In typical third-party fashion, she's more forceful than Wise, who has


  • aid diplomatically: "There needs to be some changes in the effort to

    encourage retention and development from within, as well as industrial


    recruitment from the outside." (See accompanying story.)



    On her Web page, Giardina says it this way: "Tax credits should go to


    businesses owned by you and your neighbors, not outside companies like


    Rite-Aid that pull up stakes and leave. We should encourage the start-up


    of more home-grown businesses and build a reputation as a haven for small





    Myers opposes all tax incentives. Economics in West Virginia are bad


    "in spite of an effort by state government to throw taxpayer dollars at


    economic development," Myers said.



    "As a Libertarian, we do not believe that the government should be


    involved in economic development. We believe that the government's role is


    to create a simple environment that will allow people's natural


    entrepreneurial abilities to flourish," he said.



    "That means lower taxes, less regulation, less mandates, less


    restrictions, leading toward a free- market atmosphere where people can


    buy and sell products and make products and services without government





    To contact staff writer Kelly Regan, use e-mail or call 348-5163.




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