For Immediate Release: Bill Cole’s Special Interest Tour Isn’t Helping West Virginians

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For Immediate Release:

October 22, 2015

Contact: Brittni McGuire,, 304-342-8121

Bill Cole’s Special Interest Tour Isn’t Helping West Virginians

Why is Cole being compensated by taxpayers for not doing his job?

CHARLESTON, WV— It’s nothing new for politicians like Senate President Bill Cole to avoid responsibility for everything, but recently Cole has decided he won’t even do the job he was elected to do. At today’s West Virginia Business & Industry Council (BIC) forum in Daniels, WV Cole will address his favorite special interest group to give a “legislative update,”— it’s anyone’s guess what Senator Cole has to report since he has thrown in the towel on tax reform and wants to pass the buck on road funding to counties.

Cole has charged West Virginia taxpayers more than $1,600 on meals and travel to attend a tax reform committee that has yet to produce anything. At today’s event, perhaps Cole will explain why he feels entitled to state reimbursements for work he won’t do.

“If Bill Cole spent less time meeting with special interest groups and more time doing his job, West Virginia might have fewer potholes and more people working right now,” said Brittni McGuire, a spokeswoman for the West Virginia Democratic Party. “If Senator Cole won’t do his job on the tax reform committee, he should refund his taxpayer funded compensation for travel and meals. Cole’s travels to BIC forums around West Virginia haven’t created jobs—just more political grandstanding.”