This morning, the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce- backed “Brains for Business” bill was reconsidered and approved unanimously by the Senate Economic Development Committee. We thank the members of the committee for their support of this important public policy initiative.
The Charleston Chamber also salutes the countless business leaders and young professionals who contacted committee members and expressed their strong support for the legislation. A big hurdle has been cleared, but there is still much work to do.
The legislation is now on its way to the Senate Finance Committee. We need your CONTINUED support to ensure “Brains for Business” moves forward into law.
The bill (HB 4475) would provide modest tax credits to any state resident for the two years after receiving an associate, bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution in certain areas of study, including science, technology, math, engineering, education and nursing.
If passed, the bill would: • Ease the burden of the overwhelming student loan debt plaguing our young professionals as they enter the workforce • Provide inspiration for the thousands of people in West Virginia who have “some higher education,” but have not yet completed their degree • Give West Virginia businesses a new tool to recruit top talent • Encourage those that have a degree to seek an advanced degree by using the credit • Help employers in our border counties be more competitive with businesses located across the state line We urge you to contact Senate Finance Committee members and ask them to support “Brains for Business.” Let them know what this bill means for the future of West Virginia.
Below is contact info for the Senate Finance Committee members:
Senator Donna J. Boley Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7905 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator H. Truman Chafin Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7808 email@example.com
Senator Larry J. Edgell Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7827 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Douglas E. Facemire Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7845 email@example.com
Senator Mike Green Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7831 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Mike Hall Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7901 email@example.com
Senator Walt Helmick Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7980 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator William R. Laird IV Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7849 email@example.com
Senator Brooks McCabe Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7990 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Ronald F. Miller Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7959 email@example.com
Senator Robert H. Plymale Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7937 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Roman Prezioso Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7961 email@example.com
Senator Ron Stollings Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7939 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Dave Sypolt Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7914 email@example.com
Senator John R. Unger II Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7933 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Erik Wells Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7841 email@example.com
Senator Jack Yost Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7984 firstname.lastname@example.org
*** Together, let’s tackle the challenge of attracting and keeping our intellectual capital. Let’s build a better West Virginia now!