By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., finished his Common Sense Solutions Tour on Thursday.
He toured the state all week to discuss the common-sense solutions that are needed to gain a stronger economy in West Virginia.
Manchin closed out his tour in Morgantown on Thursday, first visiting MVB Bank in Sabraton for its ribbon-cutting ceremony, then going to Monongalia General Hospital for the grand opening of the Hazel Ruby McQuain Birth Center.
Manchin said he hopes this tour will help get the youth involved with the economy.
“I’d rather them effect it than be affected by it,” he said. “This means get involved, be positive, be doing things, show (the world) what we’re all about in America.”
While talking with the youth, Manchin felt energized and hopes that the government will partner up American citizens.
“Government can’t be overreaching,” he said. “Government has to be your partner, can’t be your adversary, it has to be your ally.”
There were many topics discussed during Manchin’s tour, and he’s learned a lot about what the citizens of West Virginia are looking for.
“It’s basically been back to how do we have more jobs, better jobs, better-paying jobs, and keeping our families together,” he said.
Manchin said the economy as a whole is ready to take off but it won’t because of a lack of confidence in Washington, D.C.
“If they have that confidence, this economy takes off,” he said. “If we’re going to compete and lead the rest of the world, you have to do it through educated people.”