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W.Va. House 19 candidate: Tim Kinsey (D)

Mar. 31, 2014 @ 01:39 PM

PARTY: Democrat

HOME CITY: Lavalette

HOME COUNTY: Wayne

E-MAIL ADDRESS: timothy.richard.kinsey@gmail.com

PERSONAL STATEMENT: The economic development projects I have been part of for the past several years make Wayne County the #1 rural county for progress in the state of West Virginia. It is gratifying as a Delegate to "Keep the Momentum" in Wayne County and our state.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 65

EDUCATION: Marshall University, BBA Degree, 1970; West Virginia School of Banking; School for Bank Administration, University of Wisconsin, with honors.

CURRENT OFFICE: House of Delegates, 19th District, June, 2013 – present.

OTHER WORK HISTORY: Banker, 41 years.

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Wayne County Economic Development Authority, Western Gate Land Development Corporation, Housing Authority of Wayne County, Goodwill Industries, Southwestern Community Action Council, Unlimited Future, Inc., Tri-State Area Boy Scouts of America.

FAMILY: Wife, Christie; two married sons, TR and Andy; four grandchildren.

QUESTIONS

1. Are you satisfied that the Legislature has done enough to protect West Virginians from chemical spills?

Senate Bill 373 provides meaningful legislation in protecting West Virginia citizens against another chemical spill. It requires storage tank owners to develop spill prevention and response plans and an inventory of substances for each non-water storage tank. The DEP will oversee the process and share information with municipal and county officials.

2. What steps would you recommend to improve West Virginia's economy?

Being able to provide an educated work force is a key factor. Career-technical education in high schools and community colleges, for instance, will be a boon to providing a work force for the evolving oil and gas industry. Infrastructure also plays a role. A 5-10-15 year economic plan, updated on a regular basis, would be a useful tool.

3. Do you think more needs to be done to ensure high school graduates are competent?

Yes. Having been in the banking industry for 41 years, the number of young folks I saw that didn't have basic life skills was disheartening: ie. budgeting. Interest comprehension, balancing a checking account, understanding the importance of credit. Also, I cannot comprehend why colleges need to teach remedial courses.

4. How do you propose keeping more students in school and reducing the truancy rate?

Schools need to become places where students want to be. I believe what happens in the classroom is at the heart of keeping students in school, especially through middle school. If unsuccessful, students, families, schools Communities and courts need to work together to set rules and enforce consequences quickly and consistently.

5. What can the state government do to improve educational achievement in West Virginia?

An important move West Virginia should make is to support career-technology education in our high schools. Giving students more career oriented choices would create more interest for those students and hopefully better achievement.

6. What can the state government do to improve workforce development in West Virginia?

The most important move West Virginia can make is to support career-technical education in our high schools. Our young men and women need to be afforded more career opportunities/instruction at a younger age. Our community colleges have a pulse on career opportunities and are offering a breadth of classes, ie. oil and gas and barge transportation.

7. What more should the state do to battle the prescription drug problem?

Require continuous education for medical professionals to follow the comprehensive recommendations of the West Virginia Summit of Prescription Drug Abuse relating to education, monitoring, disposal, enforcement, early intervention/treatment and collaboration. Also, early intervention programs, juvenile drug courts, abuse quit-lines, treatment services and social marketing campaigns need to be funded.

8. Are there more steps the state should take to reduce obesity?

I believe that pre-K through 12 have a multitude of laws that address healthy eating and exercise. Educational awareness, including medical emphasis should be aimed at families for a more healthy lifestyle.

9. How could the state help small businesses grow in West Virginia?

96% of the state companies are classified small business. The West Virginia Small Business Development Center is our cornerstone for providing services to entrepreneurs for start-up and growth. A House Committee on Small Business was developed this session for a listening tour for small business owners to detail their successes. Best practices will be evaluated for implementation by the SBDC.

10. Do you think the state should do more to reduce the size of prison population?

Yes. The Justice Center of the Council for State Governments recommended in 2013 that West Virginia expand community-based substance abuse treatment programs, require post-release supervision of inmates and improve community-based supervision of inmates on probation or parole, including expanding day report programs. Operating costs would decline $140 million over a five year period.

11. What measures do you support that would improve the lives of West Virginians, especially children, who are living in poverty?

More than half of West Virginia children are low income or poor. In order to have an effective and coordinated response to child poverty you must increase family income and assets, improve access to essential goods and services and promote human development for children and parents.

12. What measures do you support on fracking/horizontal drilling that would protect people living near drilling sites?

HB 401, passed in 2011, is a comprehensive law concerning horizontal drilling in West Virginia which is regulated by the DEP and EPA. The EPA is continuously revising its fracking regulations with updated rules to be placed in effect in 2014. The key for protecting our citizens is in the monitoring of the well sites by the governing entities.

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