Chris Pritt (R)
Education: West Virginia Wesleyan College, B.A.; Virginia Tech, M.P.A.; Ohio Northern University, J.D.
Occupation: Lawyer, small business owner
Q: What would you do to ensure that West Virginia protects communities from adverse environmental and public health impacts of the rising natural gas industry?
A: To the extent clear evidence shows that natural gas has caused people harm, we have a civil justice system that can serve to provide a remedy for people harmed. We should work with all stakeholders, including members of the community, to develop and implement common-sense laws and regulations that protect people without needlessly discouraging economic growth and jobs.
Q: What legislation would you push to diversify West Virginia’s economy?
A: We will grow economically when we have the best possible environment for businesses. Before a business relocates here, it will likely ask whether West Virginia has the most favorable tax and regulatory environment and whether we have a a high-quality job training and education system.
Q: How should West Virginia fund PEIA?
A: PEIA should be funded with current revenues and the creation of greater efficiencies in state government. We also need more transparency as to how the state negotiates with providers.
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Q: Do you support the current practice of “civil asset forfeiture,” whereby state law enforcement can seize property from citizens even if they are never charged with a crime?
Q: Should West Virginia join the 43 other states that allow students to attend public charter schools?
Q: Should the severance tax on natural gas (currently at 5 percent) be raised, lowered, or kept the same?
A: We should always make sure that this tax is the same or lower than surrounding states. Generally, capital flows to areas where making a profit is easiest.