April 21, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
Taxes and the 2021 Legislative Session

Taxes were a major focus of the 2021 West Virginia legislative session, with the elimination of the state personal income tax a top priority for the governor as well as for House and Senate leadership. Fortunately for the state, all of the various proposals -- which each would have devastated the state budget while shifting…

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April 19, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
FY 2022 Budget Recap

Last week, Governor Justice approved the FY 2022 budget passed by the legislature at the end of session. While the fate of the budget was up in the air for most of the session as the legislature attempted to eliminate the income tax, by the time the session came to a close, only a few…

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April 8, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
Latest Senate Income Tax Elimination Bill Still Cuts Taxes for the Wealthy While Raising Taxes for Everyone Else and Slashing the Budget

Last night, on a narrow 18-16 vote, the Senate passed an amended version of HB 3300, making significant changes to the version of the bill that the Senate Finance Committee had introduced just days before. The amended bill was voted on mere hours after being introduced, and was passed without a full fiscal analysis. With…

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April 7, 2021 by Rhonda Rogombe
Three Ways the American Rescue Plan Improves West Virginians’ Health

Just last month, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) celebrated its eleventh birthday. The ACA is the most extensive health care reform law in the United States since the passage of Medicaid and Medicare in 1965. The ACA has granted over 20 million Americans more affordable and accessible health insurance. Beyond that, it has touched the lives of…

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March 30, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
Natural Gas Property Tax Cut Crosses Over to the Senate

A bill recently passed by the West Virginia House seeks to change how natural gas property is valued for property tax purposes and would impact local governments throughout the state. The bill, HB 2581, stems from a recent West Virginia Supreme Court case challenging how the State Tax Department calculates production expenses on natural gas…

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March 24, 2021 by Rhonda Rogombe
Bipartisan Medicaid Bill Introduced in WV Legislature Could Reduce Churn and Expand Insured Population

Since its inception in 1965, Medicaid has been one of the most impactful anti-poverty public health initiatives in the United States. Medicaid provides low-income Americans with free or low-cost health insurance, allowing them to receive treatment that may otherwise be inaccessible. The program has expanded significantly since its origin to include more people; today, it…

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March 23, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
House Income Tax Cut Plan Would Devastate the State Budget

This week, the House Finance Committee originated and quickly passed their own income tax cut bill (HB 3300) as an alternative to Governor Justice's proposal. Unlike the governor's proposal, the House plan contains no offsetting revenues and would instead lead to massive budget deficits while giving most of the tax cuts to high-income West Virginians.…

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March 17, 2021 by Kelly Allen, Sean O'Leary
Phase-ins and “Triggers” for Tax Cuts Only Extend Pain, Provide False Illusion of Fiscal Responsibility

Ten states, including West Virginia, have enacted proposals that cut personal or corporate income taxes at various points in the future, contingent on revenues reaching a certain level or growth rate. While using triggers is often portrayed as fiscally responsible, it is far from it. Lawmakers enacting these drawn out tax cuts typically do not…

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