For Immediate Release: Does Bill Cole Agree With State Senator Charles Trump On Minimum Wage?

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For Immediate Release

September 14, 2015

Contact: Brittni McGuire,, 304-342-8121

Does Bill Cole Agree With State Senator Charles Trump On Minimum Wage?

Cole’s hand-picked senate chairman and favorite economist threaten minimum wage

CHARLESTON, WV— One of state Senator Bill Cole’s biggest campaign supporters and legislative allies is state Senator Charles Trump (R-Morgan). Recently, Trump has stated he would “be open to the repeal,” of West Virginia’s minimum wage.

Does Senator Cole agree with his good friend Charles Trump that West Virginia should consider eliminating the minimum wage? We already know Cole wants to erase West Virginia’s prevailing wage law, but voters are now wondering if Cole will go further and get rid of the state minimum wage.

From Morgan County USA:

West Virginia State Senator Charles Trump (R-Morgan) is open to the repeal of the state’s minimum wage law.

When asked whether he would repeal the minimum wage altogether, Trump said “it would certainly be something I would give consideration to.” [This Week in Morgan County, 9/08/15]

Senator Cole has admitted he thinks Art Laffer’s ideas would be great for West Virginia—Laffer is famous for creating the fiscal trainwreck in Kansas that led to massive budget deficits. Surprising to no one, Laffer has publicly stated, “the minimum wage makes no sense whatsoever.”

Not long ago, Senator Cole did say he thought Laffer’s ideas were “spot on.”

“West Virginians should be weary of the company Senator Cole keeps,” said Brittni McGuire, a spokeswoman for the West Virginia Democratic Party. “His hand-picked committee chairman and favorite economist are openly hostile to the state minimum wage. Senator Cole’s quest to do away with the prevailing wage is reckless enough, but now he is surrounding himself with people who think the minimum wage is a bad thing.”


Trump Serving as Regional Co-chair of Cole’s Gubernatorial Campaign

On 7/15/15, the Morgan Messenger reported that Charles Trump would serve as co-chair of the Cole’s 15th district campaign efforts.

The Messenger noted, “Senators Charles Trump (RMorgan) and Craig Blair (RBerkeley), both representatives of the 15th district in the West Virginia Senate, have been named as regional cochairs for the Cole for Governor campaign.” [Morgan Messenger, 7/15/15]

Supported “Outright Repeal” of Prevailing Wage Law

On 2/12/15, the Charleston Daily Mail noted that Cole “supported an outright repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law.” [Charleston Daily Mail, 2/12/15]

Charleston Gazette-Mail: Cole Supported Laffer’s Kansas Budget Plan

On 9/03/15, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that Cole supported Laffer’s failed Kansas budget plan.

The Gazette-Mail stated, “Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer, a gubernatorial candidate, lauded Laffer’s ideas….” The Gazette-Mail then quoted Cole stating. “I think [Laffer’s] spot on. I think, virtually, everything he’s said has proven itself out in history.” [Charleston Gazette-Mail, 9/03/15]

Laffer Designed Kansas’ Tax Plan that Caused $600 Million Deficit

In 2015, the Atlantic reported that economist Arthur Laffer designed the Kansas tax plan that caused a $600 state deficit in Kansas.

According to the Atlantic, “[Gov.] Brownback, who had hired the economist Arthur Laffer to help craft his original tax plan, had been touting the state’s economic recovery to argue that his fiscal vision was starting to work. But a report released Friday found that Kansas had lost nearly 4,000 jobs in May, trailing both the national trend and neighboring Missouri, which added 6,600 jobs.”

The Atlantic further stated, “Just a few days after the November election, the Kansas budget office revealed that revenue projections were off by more than $200 million, bringing the budget gap facing Brownback to $600 million in all.” [The Atlantic, 4/09/15; 6/22/15]