SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 53
(By Senators Wells and Stollings)
Recognizing Josh Miller for his feature documentary, “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey”.
Whereas, Josh Miller is a resident of Charleston, West Virginia, and is featured in the documentary, “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey”; and
Whereas, Josh Miller’s father-in-law was among the 650 people who lost their jobs at Century Aluminum in Ravenswood, West Virginia, which was a devastating blow to the town and became Josh’s inspiration for his journey; and
Whereas, With devastating job losses across the United States, Josh Miller explores the potential causes of these losses and searches for answers about our economy; and
Whereas, Josh Miller traveled across the country, interviewing business owners, historians and politicians, and conducted on-the- street interviews in West Virginia, California, Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Florida, Ohio and our nation’s capital, Washington DC; and
Whereas, Josh Miller discovered that the devastating impact the recession has had on this country can been seen in almost every town in America; and
Whereas, Over the past three decades, from June 1979 to December 2009, eight million manufacturing jobs have been lost; and
Whereas, Josh Miller found that nearly fifty-four percent of the apparel industry jobs have been lost over the past 4 1/2 years which directly effect other businesses such as cut-and-sew companies and mills; and
Whereas, These statistics show the rippling effect that the loss of manufacturing jobs has had on our country; and
Whereas, Josh Miller believes that the key to a prosperous West Virginia and United States will involve a strong emphasis on manufacturing, along with creating environments that help foster the entrepreneur; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby recognizes Josh Miller for his feature documentary, “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey”; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Senate supports Josh Miller in his effort to encourage Americans to buy “Made in the USA” products; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to Josh Miller.