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WV: Capehart outlines workers’ comp plan
The Herald Dispatch (Huntington, WV.) ^ | 1/22/04 | Staff Writer

Posted on 01/22/2004 12:40:43 PM PST by eyesixtyfour

Edited on 05/07/2004 9:36:16 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

HUNTINGTON -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Capehart Wednesday outlined a plan for West Virginia’s workers’ compensation program that would give workers incentives to return to private payrolls.

Capehart, meeting with The Herald-Dispatch editorial board, said his plan would focus on what happens to workers after they are placed on the workers' compensation role. Injured workers would be required to participate in physical rehabilitation and vocational retraining, so that they would eventually return to work in some capacity.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: capehart; robcapehart; westvirginia; workerscomp; workerscompensation; wv; wva

1 posted on 01/22/2004 12:40:44 PM PST by eyesixtyfour
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To: eyesixtyfour
WV needs more industry besides the overinflated state government centralized in Charleston. In December 2002 I read where the state government in Charleston was the only employer in the state to increase in workers. All other industries (few that they are) decreased--some significantly provided the companies are still business. Recently, I read where the state now wants to consolidate counties because of the low population.
2 posted on 01/22/2004 2:12:58 PM PST by lilylangtree
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To: lilylangtree
State gubmint and Wal-Mart: the only employers hiring in W.Va., looks like!
3 posted on 01/22/2004 2:14:07 PM PST by mountaineer
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To: eyesixtyfour
the state needs to reform its archaic tax system and decentralize higher education to give universities such as Marshall greater opportunities to improve and grow

FYI, Gov. Hotlips dropped a big fat lie on West Virginians when he said he was cutting higher ed by only 2.5 percent. Turns out he's increasing $$ for WVU and MU, making the other state colleges pick up the slack, so they'll have to cut closer to 7 or 8 percent, on top of the 9 percent they had to cut last year. What kind of state will we have if our colleges literally are crumbling to the ground for lack of funds, while the education bureaucrats in Charleston (HEPC, Dept. of Education, RESA) just get fatter and fatter? Rob has the right approach to higher ed.

4 posted on 01/22/2004 2:17:21 PM PST by mountaineer
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To: eyesixtyfour
He is assuming that the workers WANT to return to work, and all they need is "retraining".

"Retraining" is one of those ghost concepts you can use anytime you need a solution but don't have a real one. it's like the infamous "waste, fraud, and abuse".

5 posted on 01/22/2004 2:19:54 PM PST by Taliesan
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To: lilylangtree
Recently, I read where the state now wants to consolidate counties because of the low population.

This would actually be a smart move, IMHO. The way the federal government and many big companies operate, they only see localities through the prism of "Metropolitan Statistical Areas", and right now the Huntington and Charleston metro areas are seen as two separate small MSAs (and small = bad in most cases), when in reality the whole Cabell-Putnam-Kanawha corridor (and surrounding counties) has been one big metro area with a sizable population for years now. If we made this 21st-century reality official, it would make the entire area much more attractive to business.

Besides, any plan that would take away three governments and replace them with one is an automatic Good Thing in my book.

6 posted on 01/22/2004 2:28:46 PM PST by Timesink (Two fonts walk into a bar. The bartender says, "We don't serve your type here.")
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To: eyesixtyfour
the state needs to reform its archaic tax system

That's one way to put it.

7 posted on 01/22/2004 3:16:16 PM PST by Glenn (MS:Where do you want to go today? OSX:Where do you want to go tomorrow?Linux:Are you coming or what?)
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To: Glenn
I think you are missing the point with your comments. There is not an option with this proposal. Either you go back to work or you get retraining. There is so much fraud in the system right now, that if you make these people take the option of going in for rehab or working a job that didn't pay them as much as they were working before-they will go back to work. Right now you have these people collecting a workers comp check and working jobs under-the-table. That is Capehart's point.

There are some really disabled people out there who have earned a workers comp disability award. They shouldn't be punished by those who are trying to cheat the system. The employers shouldn't be punished either.

You can see the full proposal on his website under Issues link. It is impressive.
8 posted on 01/23/2004 10:26:09 AM PST by eyesixtyfour
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To: eyesixtyfour
Good point and Capehart is correct, but he needs to go a
step further: abolish the state's Bureau of Workers Comp
and let private insuror's handle the trade line like most
other state's do. You would achieve lower premium costs
for employers and reduce the cost of government. Better
business enviroment and less tax money needed, a win win
situation.
9 posted on 02/05/2004 7:29:45 PM PST by buckalfa
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