Abandoned Buildings and Drugs
Abandoned Buildings Directly
Drug Problem Directly
Economy and Jobs
Teachers pay and the PEIA funding stream is definitely a problem in our state.
For some reason, no one has addressed the issue that there is nearly $8,000,000 a year spent on just county superintendents. Plus a myriad of administrative personnel, assistant superintendents and so on have a high dollar cost to run every county board of education.
While we have encountered a drop of several thousand enrolled students just over the pasty year alone, only a few school boards have taken any financial actions regarding the loss in student enrollment.
With enrollment and cost considered, as well as, the number of children served by each county board of education, it is time West Virginia implements regional boards of education. By doing so, millions will be saved and the children can be better served while not effecting teachers or school service employees.
The millions saved can go towards a steady stream of funding for Teacher and School Service Employees pay and helping make a dent in the PEIA.
It is a radical idea but it is my opinion that when problems exist, one has to look outside of the box to get something positive done.
A walk down almost any given street in Charleston you will run into several empty houses or buildings in horrible shape. I talk about a cure for the current problem below. We also have a drug crisis to deal with and I have that in a separate section.
While we have to correct the current problems, do we want to be playing a game of whack-a-mole with abandoned houses and the drug issue.
The reality is, IT IS THE ECONOMY.
Over the past few years in the Charleston area, thousands have left. The lack of good paying jobs in the area is the reason.
With thousands having left and more leaving, it is only natural that Charleston will have empty homes to contend with.
Then there is the drug issue, The National Bureau of Economic Research, Vanderbilt University and Colorado University and others have shown there is a direct correlation between the economy and use of hallucinogenic and prescription pain relievers.
There is a direct correlation between the abandoned housing and the drug problem. Hardly anyone is looking at the cause, THE ECONOMY.
West Virginia is in the perfect position to grow economically like never before.
Coal is one resource the state needs to boost. One thing people fail to mention is the use of coal for hundreds of product other than coal fired power plants. Mining provides thousands of jobs related to the industry and theses are good paying jobs.
The petrol chemical industry is an an area that can put WV back on the map in terms of chemical manufacturing.
The industry is already providing thousands of good paying jobs in the extraction of natural gas. The big pay-off, however, can be in attracting the spin-offs of the industry.
If we can attract these spin-offs to the Kanawha Valley, then we can see thousands of jobs come back and as a result, our population will grow and the abandoned home problem will turn around.
The opioid problem is bad in West Virginia and now we are seeing heroin and opioids in Charleston being replaced by meth coming from the Mexican cartels.
There are professionals available to help those currently addicted who really want help.
Let's be realistic, the short drug court classes do not help as much as they are intended, some people just go through the motions.
While the opiod problem is leveling off, it is quickly being replaced by other drugs.
Stricter penalties for drug dealers must be in place. If a user is incarcerated, their jail time may be waived to only ten days if they giver truthful information as to who they purchased the drugs from and a successful arrest is foregone.
Available funding from the federal level must he gained by the state and put to good use in terms of rehab
Although it is a statewide problem, the issue of abandoned houses and buildings is very prominent in Charleston.
I have walked a lot of streets in our City and it is nothing to have two or three abandoned houses on any given street.
These empty buildings exist on the East End, Bigley Avenue Area, West Side and North Charleston.
We have to have a plan to do something about this serious issue that endangers our families and is often breeding grounds for criminal activity.
I first want to look at the current problem.