EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSTATE OF STATE REACTION
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Lawmakers React After Tomblin's State Of State Address
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Tim Rock
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Jan. 11, 2012 10:34 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 11, 2012 11:35 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has a lot on his agenda over the next 60 days.
Some lawmakers say it's possible, but others are looking for a more detailed plan on how he's going to make it happen.
Within seconds of Tomblin's speech, it was easy to see what his number one goal is for the legislative session.
"Boy, he was on jobs, wasn't he? He was dead on that! That's what people want to hear!" said Del. Brady Paxton, D-Putnam.
"The problem here in West Virginia is that we don't have jobs!" said Del. Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson.
Calling on legislators to build a "better, stronger and more vibrant West Virginia," Tomblin says the Mountain State is not like Washington, D.C. with their bipartisan bickering.
"We're going to put our party politics aside and work together to help move our state forward," said Del. Doug Skaff, D-Kanawha.
"As long as all of us are looking towards job creation, then there's going to be common ground we can work from," said Del. Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha.
Echoing his 2011 State of the State Address, Tomblin backed the coal industry, something that drew a standing ovation from those in the crowd.
"I was very happy that he recognized that there is war on coal going on by the Obama administration, and we need to stand up for that," said Armstead.
Critics weren't happy that Tomblin didn't address salary increases for teachers, and were hoping for more education legislation.
"Even the audit said that teacher salaries need to be enhanced and not to include it is just the wrong thing to do," said WVEA President Dale Lee.
"More on education. Saying you're going to attach pupil progress to teacher selection...that's a slippery slope!" said Paxton.
Many hope to see Tomblin's promises play out over the next 60 days.
"Generally I think he touched the key points we need to keep the state moving in the right direction," said Sen. Brooks McCabe, D-Kanawha.
"The proof will be in the actual legislation, will he stand up and fight for these things? And we're certainly willing to help him," said Carmichael.
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