Guest column: Sometimes, an invite goes a long way

As the 2013 regular session of the 81st Legislature is coming down to a stretch, I am proud to say one of the many bills I have worked on and sponsored has withstood the test of the House of Delegates and State Senate committees. House Bill 3013 is now awaiting the signature of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. I believe this piece of legislation will prove to be of great interest and importance to citizens because it focuses on the retention of existing businesses and jobs as well as bringing new businesses and jobs into West Virginia.

House Bill 3013 has the potential to benefit all West Virginia citizens by authorizing the establishment of job creation work groups of legislative members. This legislation is an initiative to boost economic development in West Virginia. HB 3013 will allow the Speaker of the House of Delegates and the Senate President to select different members of each body to travel to different states or regions once a month so companies can better understand how their business could be possibly better situated in WV.

Improving the business climate has always been a top priority of mine, as the legislature has worked to reduce taxes such as the business franchise tax, corporate net tax and has also implemented tax incremental financing (TIF) that provides up front tax exemptions to assist with existing businesses as well as new businesses that are building or expanding. The passing of HB3013 will compliment other mechanisms in the successful recruitment of new businesses and job opportunities in WV.

Lawmakers have already been catering with a potential candidate, Beretta Firearms. Beretta is a company owned and led by family members. Beretta’s policy requires that all businesses should have an equal opportunity to produce and provide services for the company and they often use small and small disadvantaged businesses to complete contract work. There are other factors that the firearm company bases these decisions on besides the size of the business, but Beretta does urge all companies to compete for these contracting opportunities. With WV being a very friendly second amendment state with a great workforce, I believe that Beretta Firearms and WV would enjoy a very positive and productive working relationship and could employ many of our hardworking West Virginia citizens. Sometimes, the first step to success can be as simple as a good old fashion invite.

Stop by if you are in Charleston. Contact information: Facebook page: Randy Swartzmiller, or follow me on Twitter: @WV_Delegate, or my e-mail: or write to: Randy Swartzmiller, State Delegate, Room 242, Building 1 State Capitol Complex Charleston, WV 25305 or call, Capitol Office: 304.340.3138 or Mobile: 304.479.5140

(Swartzmiller is the speaker pro tempore of the House of Delegates, and represents the 1st District, including Hancock County and parts of Brooke County)