Map to Prosperity: What Should the Role of State Government Be?
The State Journal - Ted Boettner, executive director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, a liberal think tank, responded to the question, "What do you think the role of state government should be?" Read
"Our public investments in schools, health care, transportation, innovation and public safety are not only essential to our quality of life, but they provide the foundation for a strong economy," he replied. "Public investments are critical to a broadly shared prosperity.
"Our role as public servants is to plant the seeds of prosperity so we can build a strong economy. Effective public policy creates good-paying jobs that will make our state a better place to live, work, conduct business and raise a family.
"This means developing a talented and sufficient workforce," he said. "It means investing in innovation so entrepreneurs can create businesses. It means building the middle class so we have enough people and companies that want to buy things. And enough investments that we continue to maintain a trustworthy government and legal system with strong accountability and transparency, reliable infrastructure, schools and hospitals, and that we have enough capital for financial investment."