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The West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA) returned to Wheeling May 6-7 for a highly successful Manufacturing and Energy Growth Summit (MEGS).

The event brought together more than 120 industry leaders, professionals and enthusiasts from around the world to discuss the latest developments and opportunities for manufacturing and energy industries. The two-day summit was held at the Oglebay Resort in Wheeling.

As this year’s May 16 Primary Election approaches, the West Virginia Manufacturers Association through its Political Action Committee, the West Virginians for Manufacturing Jobs PAC, released its list of endorsements today. 

“West Virginia has seen massive political changes in recent years, and it is critical that we elect candidates that understand the importance of manufacturing in the Mountain State and its direct connection to the livelihoods of West Virginians,” said Bill Bissett, President of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association. “We believe that by electing these endorsed candidates, West Virginia will be in the best position to continue future economic development and create opportunities that not only allow our citizens to remain here but also attract new residents to our state.” 

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In January, Bill Bissett took over as president of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association. Bissett's former positions include serving as state director for Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), leading the Huntington Area Chamber of Commerce, and serving as president of the Kentucky Coal Association. In 2020, Bissett was inducted into Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications Hall of Fame. Robert Saunders spoke with Bissett recently about his new role with the WVMA.

A recent survey by the American Energy Alliance shows that likely voters in eight key states want to see elected officials in Washington grow the economy and address inflation rather than focus on climate change. In fact, only 3% identify climate change as the most pressing issue facing our country. Moreover, a majority of voters — including 63% of Republicans — oppose a proposal in Washington to impose a new carbon tax on imported goods.

There is good reason to oppose this measure, called the Foreign Pollution Fee Act, as well as a related measure, called the PROVE IT Act. The idea behind taxing imports based on the carbon emissions in the country of origin may seem reasonable at first. But anyone with a fundamental understanding of economics can tell you that domestic job creators and working Americans are the ones who will actually pay for the increased costs associated with this new tax.