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W.Va. man announces run for state Senate

July 24, 2000

W.Va. man announces run for state Senate



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Greg Corliss of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., announced Monday his Republican candidacy for the 16th District Senate seat currently held by Democrat Herb Snyder of Jefferson County.

No Republican filed to run in the May primary. The Republican 16th Senatorial District Executive Committee selected Corliss to run against Snyder in the Nov. 7 general election.

A retired U.S. Marine Corps major general, Corliss said one of his priorities is higher-paying jobs for Eastern Panhandle residents. Jefferson County has a work force of about 22,000 people, but about half of them commute out of the county daily for jobs, said Corliss, 70.

"That's really a tragedy they have to find good jobs that far away," Corliss said.

Corliss proposes making it more attractive for high-paying businesses to locate here.

"It's not easy, but there are things we can do," he said.

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One is reducing the state's workman's compensation rate charged to employers, Corliss said.

Employers are required to pay some of the highest rates in the nation, Corliss said.

Some local employers have complained that they could progress much faster if they were not weighed down by such high rates, Corliss said.

To reduce the rates, Corliss proposes turning the state Workers' Compensation over to private enterprise like Virginia has done, he said.

"They have done pretty well by it," Corliss said.

Corliss also wants better pay for teachers so they will not be attracted to higher salaries in neighboring states, tax reform and to give counties in the rapidly growing Panhandle the tools they need to manage population growth.

Corliss said the Panhandle is losing many teachers to other states that pay higher salaries. Corliss said he would like to see the state approve cost-of-living increases for teachers who live in areas where the cost of living is higher.

Regarding tax reform, Corliss said he supports a plan that has been considered in the state that would even the taxes paid by service industry businesses and manufacturing businesses.

Currently, manufacturing businesses bear a higher tax burden, Corliss said.

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