West Virginia public officials did an excellent job in attempting to convince the Shell chemical company to build a cracker plant here. Unfortunately, we failed.
But Republican candidate for governor Bill Maloney made an excellent point after Shell revealed it will build in Pennsylvania.
Our state needs to do more to be attractive to businesses of all sorts and sizes, Maloney said. Our tax structure, regulatory framework and, in some respects, our courts need to be improved to make us competitive against other states. As matters stand, without tax incentives such as those offered to Shell, we sometimes are not appealing.
Maloney has a point: Instead of relying on high-stakes economic games we may lose, West Virginia needs to provide a more appealing playing field for all businesses.