Issues - Canestraro for House of Delegates

Defend Property Rights
Joe Canestraro is appalled that corrupt politicians in Charleston allowed their large corporate donors to write legislation last year that forces landowners to sell their mineral rights against their will. Joe opposes forced pooling and co-tenancy and will never vote for it.

Seniors and Working Families
Joe Canestraro believes that taxes on West Virginia’s seniors and working families are too high. Joe pledges to remove the tax on social security benefits for our seniors, and he will work hard to reverse the tax cut recently given to West Virginia’s wealthiest people who make over $100,000, replacing it with policies that help working families and seniors.

Protect Healthcare
Joe Canestraro is committed to fully funding PEIA. Joe opposes the cuts to senior care that were made this year in order to provide air conditioning to inmates in state prisons. He will restore funding for in-home care for seniors and will stand up to special interests trying to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions.

Strengthen Education
Joe Canestraro, the son of a teacher, understands the struggles of our public education system and knows that education is the only path to our children’s future. Joe will continue to fight for better pay for teachers and school service personnel, as well as classroom funding – not because he’s told to do it by his party’s leadership, but because it’s the right thing to do. He also will restore funding to colleges and university so that tuition is made more affordable.

Jobs
Joe Canestraro believes in investing in job training and workforce development. Joe will create training programs for students who don’t plan to attend college but want to learn a skill in order to earn a good wage. Joe will also fight to restore the prevailing wage to prevent local jobs from hiring out-of-state and foreign workers over West Virginia workers.

Corruption
Joe Canestraro knows that putting an end to the corruption in Charleston is critical. Joe will create more oversight on public dollars, like the ones that were supposed to be allocated through RISE WV to help flood victims. He won’t be beholden to corporate interests in order to earn campaign contributions and will always put the people of the 4th House District first.