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Provide Legislators Jobs Impact Analysis

March 27, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

The primary reason most people worry about the environment is because they understand it has an effect on human beings. That makes some "environmental" groups' opposition to a bill in the West Virginia Legislature puzzling, to say the least.

Already approved by the state Senate, the measure would allow the governor, speaker of the House of Delegates or president of the state Senate to request a jobs impact analysis of any proposed legislation. That would allow lawmakers to understand how a bill might affect their constituents in terms of jobs both lost and gained.

Some environmental groups reportedly oppose the plan because, they say, it is intended to make it more difficult to approve stiffer regulations to protect the air, water and soil.

Nonsense. Again, the measure would merely give legislators more information on the human side of the equation. It would then be up to them to decide whether a new water quality rule costing a certain number of jobs, for example, truly is an improvement to an environment that includes human beings.

Members of the House of Delegates should approve the bill to provide more well-rounded environmental impact statements on proposed legislation in the future.

 
 

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