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Education

In addition to teaching, our educators are expected to act as social workers. Salango believes that every school in West Virginia should have a dedicated social worker. .

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Education

He is dedicated to moving West Virginia forward by prioritizing investments in public education.

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Education

He will support a student loan reduction bill and a first-time homebuyer tax credit to incentivize people to stay in West Virginia. Ben wants to give students the ability to earn an associate degree when they graduate high school. He is committed to bringing school service personnel salaries over the poverty line.

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Education

He will fight for smaller class sizes and funding for full-time nurses and mental health counselors in every school. He will support trauma-informed training for all education professionals who find themselves on the front lines of the opioid epidemic.

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Education

As governor, Ben will make West Virginia the strongest state in the country for vocational and job skills training. He wants training facilities across the state that can prepare students and out-of-work adults for new opportunities.

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Infrastructure

With Ben Salango as governor, fixing our roads will be a year-round priority and not just a campaign-season talking point.

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Infrastructure

As governor, Ben will make sure West Virginia road projects are done with West Virginia workers.

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Infrastructure

Fixing the roads.

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Healthcare

​ As governor, Salango will increase Medicaid reimbursements to prevent local rural hospitals and health care providers from going bankrupt.

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Healthcare

He will strengthen healthcare protections to help consumers who are wrongly denied health insurance coverage.

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Healthcare

Protecting health care.

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Healthcare

Ben Salango will fight the escalating cost of healthcare because quality care should not be reserved exclusively for the wealthy few. He will make health care affordable and accessible and will protect the 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions. Ben will fight for a cap on monthly insulin co-pays and make prescription drugs affordable.   .

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Healthcare

He will establish an application process to apportion any Medicaid surplus to locally-owned rural hospitals, health care providers, and clinics who are struggling to stay open.

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Healthcare

He will immediately eliminate the Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities (IDD) waiver waitlist using surplus Medicaid funds. He will utilize tele-health technology to give rural communities better access to health care.

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Healthcare

Ben will break up the bureaucracy at DHHR so that health care can be more accessible and transparent to the people of West Virginia. As governor, he will make sure that insurance companies aren’t taking advantage of Mountain State families.

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Crime

Protect foster children. Reform Child Protective Services to be more responsive to children in danger.  Make the adoption process easier and shorten the wait period to become a foster parent.   Eliminate student homelessness by ensuring that school districts are applying for federal dollars to aid homeless students under available McKinney–Vento funding.

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Crime

Ben Salango will support families who have had their world turned upside down by violent crime. He will expand services under the Crime Victim’s Rights Fund to deliver justice for families touched by violent crimes. He will broaden the scope of coverage to pay for funeral services for victims of violent crimes to ensure a proper burial.

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Crime

Support and expand summer work programs. Expand mental health services for students in West Virginia’s public schools. Assist family members, grandparents, and great-grandparents raising children. Increase support for special needs children.

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Crime

As governor, Ben Salango will protect consumers from scams and underhanded tricks that attempt to take advantage of West Virginia families. He will make sure we stay ahead of scammers and will protect West Virginians from identity theft, fraud, and schemes designed to steal from our citizens.

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Crime

As governor, he’ll work with the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and other state agencies to make sure that the private information of West Virginia citizens remains private.

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Crime

Salango will institute a process where the families of violent crime victims are notified when the criminal defendant seeks a pardon.

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Crime

Ben will establish a public ombudsman to advocate for consumers regarding internet, cable, telephone, water, and power company complaints. No one should be paying a bill for a service that doesn’t work. As governor, Ben will hold powerful corporations accountable if they fail to live up to their promises.

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Income

As governor, Ben Salango will make sure workers are prepared for in-demand fields. He will emphasize vocational and technical training for those who decide college isn’t for them.

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Income

Creating more jobs in the Mountain State.

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Salango will work to pass legislation so that all state projects will use prevailing wage and give priority to West Virginia owned companies and West Virginia workers. As a Kanawha County Commissioner, Ben built the Shawnee Sports Complex using union labor. It was done on time and on budget.

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Income

Ben will implement paid family leave for West Virginia’s public employees, to mirror the new 12-week paid family leave policy at the federal level. It’s something he was able to accomplish in Kanawha County.

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Defense

As governor, Ben will establish a business start-up assistance program for veterans who want to start their own businesses -- similar to the UKAN program he spearheaded as Kanawha County commissioner. In addition, Ben will give priority to in-state contracts to businesses owned by local veterans. He will give veterans a leg up when they apply for state jobs.

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Drug Policy

Combating the opioid epidemic.

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