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Last week provided Jean and me an opportunity to enjoy the blessings of being grandparents by having them all home.  Collin and Gavin spent the week, with Kenzie and Carson also coming up to join them for the weekend.  As I write on Sunday afternoon, they’ve all headed home and our home is now way too quiet.  It was very special to have Jessica and the boys, along with Justin, Jen and the twins.  Just as important, they were able to spend time with their great-grandparents.  Four generations gathered together makes for a great time and great memories.

Aside from the time with the grandkids, last week was a time to take care of many ongoing constituent inquiries and concerns.  I’d like to get all requests completed in the order received, but when dealing with State agencies, Federal offices and office holders and other entities, some requests or investigations take longer than others.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been updating on the impeachment hearings by the House Judiciary Committee regarding one or more of the remaining justices on the West Virginia Supreme Court.  At this writing, the House Judiciary Committee will resume their deliberations on Monday morning.  Speculation is that we may have articles of impeachment soon to present to the full House.  In the meantime, the clock continues to run with the August 14 date approaching if Supreme Court positions are to be placed on the ballot in November.  Otherwise, these non-partisan justices will become political appointments for the next two years.

I repeat again this week: every effort is needed to move forward with impeachment on one or more justices in instances where the Judiciary Committee has already obtained sufficient evidence to present to the full House of Delegates.  The investigation can then continue.  We should look at each justice separately, based on their alleged offenses and whether or not their actions rise to the level of impeachment.

Meanwhile, the delays continue as we await some report from the Governor’s PEIA Task Force.  Make no mistake, the majority of teachers, school service personnel, state workers and retirees all have a stake in this being resolved, as full funding for PEIA was and continues to be just as important as the pay increase.  Again, this is yet another issue that must be resolved by reaching a consensus prior to the 2019 legislative session in January.

Last week, the news from the WV Department of Transportation regarding one of the major projects from the Governor’s Roads to Prosperity plan – improvements on Interstate 70 in the northern panhandle – came in nearly $100 million over earlier estimates.  If other projects continue to come in over budget, there will be many of his hand-chosen projects that will not be completed.  Meanwhile, we need to guard against any raiding of the increased maintenance funds this year.  We cannot afford to supplement funding shortfalls in new construction at the expense of routine maintenance and paving budgets earmarked for our state routes and secondary roads.

Finally, with school beginning soon with various start dates in each county, it’s time for all motorists to get in the mindset of kids at bus stops; boarding and exiting buses; and being dropped off/picked up by parents or walking home.  All too often, we see and hear reports of near miss situations involving motorists that failed to comply with state law concerning mandatory stopping for buses with their lights flashing.  In recent years, the fines and penalties have been increased, but the most important aspect remains the safety and well-being of our kids.  Please slow down and watch out for kids to appear in unexpected places.

Also, there is a great need in each school and classroom for help with school supplies.  I know that there are many great and successful initiatives by churches, civic groups and others to make supply donations.  You can also contact a teacher or school administrator to directly donate to a particular school or classroom.  Teachers know more than anyone what the needs are of their students.  They also know that many parents aren’t financially able to provide for many classroom learning material needs.

Just like many kids depend on school breakfast and lunch for their basic nutritional needs, many of these same students need notebooks, pencils, backpacks and other school supplies.  While the need is at all grade levels, the shortfall is likely most acute in elementary schools.  Teachers often reach into their own pockets to help.  Let’s do our part to step up and help each teacher, school and student succeed by pitching in and giving.  It’s the right thing to do.

Please send your inquiries to my home office:  151 Park Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Thank a veteran every day for their service and remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week, take care.

Thank you for your update Mr. Boggs.
Couple things I’m wondering about.

First—the ‘roller coaster’.  That’s the first mile from Burnsville I-79 proceeding West on Route 5.

Almost immediately exiting the Interstate everyone is greeted with the rough, bumpy train tracks.  Been like that for years as we all know.  Then comes the dips and dives of the concrete road.  This has progressively worsened over the past 20 years.  Why is nothing done with it?

Next.  How about an accounting, a list of accomplishments if any, by the Little Kanawha Parkway Authority/Commission.

It is funded by the WV Legislature.  Has been for many years.  Manchin struck it from his first budget saying it wasn’t needed.  Couple months later it was funded again with the money doubled.

A list of income and expenditures would be nice to see, without having to file a FOIA for it.  It does appear at first glance, this Parkway deal only benefits one attorney and few elected officials.  Sort of closed club where the taxpayer picks up the travel expense and meals just for a day out?

A good explanation would build confidence and eliminate negative discussions?  Thank you.

Comment by Orlando  on  08.07.2018
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