West Virginia Senate President Jeff Kessler wants a constitutional amendment that creates an oil and natural gas trust fund

After seeing communities in West Virginia suffer once all of their coal was mined, West Virginia Senate President Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall) decided to craft an oil and natural gas trust fund to support education, economic development, tax relief and other needs in the future, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Kessler is considering introducing his proposed Future Fund endowment as a constitutional amendment so as to protect it from "lawmakers and interest groups tempted to pry it open prematurely to spend money elsewhere," the article said. He intends to introduce it during the 2014 legislative session.

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