By Jean A. Flanagan
“I think we are starting to see some of the results from the policy changes of the past few years,” State Senator Randy Smith (R-14) said. “We’re becoming more business friendly. It was reported recently we had the second highest GDP growth in the country.”
Smith sat down with the Examiner to discuss the 2017 legislative session and the impact it will have on Hardy County citizens.
GDP or Gross Domestic Product is the market value of goods and services produced in the state. According to the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, West Virginia was second only to Texas in GDP growth for the second quarter of 2017. An increase in mining was the biggest contributor to the growth in both states.
Smith said the budget, the broadband bill and the roads bill will impact Hardy County citizens the most. He has been a staunch advocate for broadband expansion in West Virginia.
“The broadband bill will help Hardy Telecommunications and other small companies expand if they want to,” he said. “This bill is not a complete fix, but it’s a start.”