Which way, West Virginia?

WHEELING – The world and our country are changing. Some of those changes may be welcome, and some of them not so much, but many of them are beyond our power, here in West Virginia, to control. The choices we face are not about whether change is coming, but whether we will capitalize on new circumstances, or simply sit still. Read More »

Fighting disability fraud to protect Social Security

CHARLESTON – A far greater percentage of West Virginians collect Social Security disability benefits than the rest of the nation. For instance, a 2011 review found 9 percent of the state’s working-age population received benefits as compared to 4.6 percent nationally. There’s no doubt many have legitimate disabilities, but such a high percentage also suggests some people may be gaming the system. Such a significant problem demands action. Read More »

Strengthening West Virginia's education system

CHARLESTON – Five years ago, when I became governor, we started down a path to strengthen and improve West Virginia's education system. Last week, I was proud to join members of the state Department of Education, representatives from education groups and programs from across the state, and business and industry supporters to highlight changes we've made and partnerships that are strengthening West Virginia's education system. Read More »

DNR game check goes online

CHARLESTON – One of the most anticipated time of the year for West Virginians is big game hunting season. So many of our family members, friends and neighbors enjoy picking up a bow, rifle, musket or, beginning this year, a crossbow, and heading out into the woods and fields in search of white-tailed deer, black bear or wild turkey. Read More »