GIARDINA : STOP COAL CREDITS ; MYERS : EASE TAXES, RULES
Denise Giardina and Bob Myers' economic agendas for the state don't
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
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
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