Tennant jobs plan focuses on energy, Internet

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Associated Press

Posted on April 3, 2011 at 2:04 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new small-business tax credit and promoting West Virginia in emerging markets such as India and Brazil are among gubernatorial candidate Natalie Tennant's economic campaign proposals.

Currently the secretary of state, Tennant is unveiling a jobs plan Thursday. Like others in the race, she advocates efforts to diversify West Virginia's economy, particularly its energy sector. But Tennant has also focused on the Internet. She promotes expanding high-speed access, and helping businesses make the most of the Web. Her platform also advocates online disclosure of all state spending.

Tennant proposes increasing severance taxes on Marcellus Shale natural gas, and allocating the resulting revenue to education, research and local economic development.

Tennant is among six Democratic candidates. Eight Republicans are also running. The primary is May 14.

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