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  • Celebrating economic success, fiscal responsibility

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    I am pleased to once again meet with members of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, business and industry leaders and community representatives at the 2014 Business Summit. During our discussion, I plan to provide a summary of West Virginia's recent economic successes, as well as an overview of ongoing opportunities and future areas of expansion for our state.
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Fred Burns
Burns Motor Freight
Board Member, W.Va. Trucking Association
Marlinton

As someone who has spent his entire career in the trucking industry, I can tell you it's past time we addressed the deficiencies with our highway system. West Virginia's 34,000 miles of roadways are the office for thousands of state truck drivers and we experience deteriorating road conditions on a daily basis.

Safety is the number one goal for the trucking industry. Our drivers are professionally trained to responsibly operate their vehicles in all types of conditions and to expect the unexpected.  However, poor road conditions present a variable for which no one can be totally prepared.  

Thankfully, the governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways is working to identify strategies to raise the needed funds to improve our highway system.  This is an extremely large undertaking and one with no easy set of solutions.  For the sake of all motorists — whether driving a truck, car or motorcycle — I hope West Virginians will work together to innovatively resolve these issues.