AFP-WV launches new guide for lawmakers

By Kyla Asbury | Jan 15, 2019

CHARLESTON —Americans for Prosperity-West Virginia have launched a new guide broken down into five sections to show West Virginia legislators the way to make the state a better place to live, work and raise a family.

AFP-WV launched the guide on its microsite, titled West Virginia's Path to Prosperity on Jan. 14.

The guide shows a clear path to how keeping government within its means, doubling down on worker freedom, reforming what it says is an outdated and unfair criminal justice system and helping students achieve their full potential.

The organization believes this will empower West Virginians to pursue their American Dream.

Jason Huffman   provided by Nicole Tardif, regional communications manager, AFP

"As the 2019 legislative session begins, AFP-WV looks forward to continuing to work with lawmakers to improve the lives of all Mountaineers," AFP-WV State Director Jason Huffman said in an interview with The West Virginia Record. 

"We’re giving legislators the Path to Prosperity as a roadmap to breaking down barriers to opportunity that otherwise prevent individuals from reaching their full potential."

In November, Huffman authored an op-ed published in The Charleston Gazette-Mail regarding the path to prosperity.

The website is broken into five different sections with specifics on policies that AFP-WV supports. Under each section, the organization explains what it is hoping to see.

In "Keep Government Within Its Means," the organization tackles rejecting tax hikes, spending increases, budget gimmicks, tax reform, ending corporate welfare, passing a taxpayer bill of rights and eliminating certificate of need law.

Under the "Help West Virginians Pursue the American Dream" section, the organization tackles occupational licensing.

In "Double Down on Worker Freedom," the organization discusses paycheck protection, promoting a free market and local labor ordinance pre-emption.

Under the "Criminal Justice" tab, the organization discusses how it would like to end civil asset forfeiture and require reporting of all civil forfeitures, while reforming mandatory minimums and stopping lawsuit abuse.

In the "Education" section, AFP-WV wants to protect free speech on college campuses because it believes it is important, along with expanding educational opportunities for students and educators and how innovation opens doors and minds.

The microsite can be viewed at

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