THE question posed to a group of legislators who gathered along with several hundred business people Wednesday for the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce Issues and Eggs breakfast was rather simple.
"What can the state do for a long-existing small business - one with less than 50 employees that has been around for 100 years?"
Republican Sen. Mitch Carmichael of Jackson County was quick to respond.
"Just get out of the way," the ever smiling Carmichael exclaimed.
"Reducing the tax burden, lessening regulations that burden businesses and reducing the climate in West Virginia for frivolous lawsuits will help business in the Mountain State."
Well said, Sen. Carmichael.
It's not the first time Republicans have stated such an economic growth policy. House Minority Leader Tim Armstead has been saying such for years.
Armstead repeated the theme in a news conference on Tuesday announcing the Republican delegation's 2014 agenda. The path to economic growth comes through a competitive tax structure, fair business regulations and education, he said.
Fortunately, the Legislature has some business-friendly Democrats who understand as well.