Budget Beat

April 9, 2021 by WVCBP
Latest Senate Income Tax Elimination Bill Still Cuts Taxes for the Wealthy While Raising Taxes for Everyone Else and Slashing the Budget, House has Not Yet Concurred

Wednesday night, the full WV Senate took up HB 3300, the House-originated personal income tax cut plan, and made a significant amendment before quickly passing the bill. Senators voted on the legislation without having had adequate time to fully discuss and comprehend its far-reaching implications -- a reckless action given that the bill would impact every…

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April 2, 2021 by WVCBP
HB 3300, the WV House Plan to Eliminate the State Personal Income Tax Crosses Over to Senate, Significant Changes on the Table

This week, the Senate Finance Committee took up HB 3300, the House’s personal income tax cut plan, and made significant changes before quickly passing it out of committee. Unlike the House plan, which phased out the income tax over time with no revenue offsets, the Senate’s plan is more similar to the governor’s proposal, making a…

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March 26, 2021 by WVCBP
Two Personal Income Tax Cuts Now on the Table, Both Disproportionately Benefit the Wealthy and Create Gaping Budget Holes

Two plans to eliminate West Virginia's state income tax are now under consideration, one proposed by Governor Justice and the other by the West Virginia House of Delegates. The two proposals differ significantly, but they both disproportionately benefit the wealthiest West Virginians and create vast holes in the state budget, necessitating massive, painful cuts to critical public services. The…

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March 5, 2021 by WVCBP
Gov. Justice’s Proposal to Reduce PIT Shifts Taxes to Low- and Middle-Income Families, While Still Necessitating Cuts to Public Services

Yesterday, Governor Jim Justice unveiled his long-awaited proposal to reduce the state personal income tax. As currently structured, it would raise West Virginia’s sales tax to 7.9 percent, making it the highest state sales tax in the country, and effectively making our combined state and local sales tax rate 8.4 percent, higher than that of any of our surrounding…

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February 26, 2021 by WVCBP
TANF Drug Use Screening Harmful to Low-Income West Virginians

SB 387 is currently being considered by the West Virginia Senate. This bill would make applicants who test positive for drugs or refuse a drug test ineligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) assistance. Our new blog post from health policy analyst Rhonda Rogombé explains how such a policy choice would further stigma, harm vulnerable…

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February 19, 2021 by WVCBP
WVCBP’s 2021 Budget Breakfast Features Keynote Panelists Highlighting Likely Repercussions of Eliminating the Personal Income Tax

On Wednesday, WVCBP hosted its 8th Annual Budget Breakfast where we provided analysis of Governor Justice’s proposed budget as well as a keynote panel highlighting the lessons learned and painful tax cuts necessitated from Kansas’ failed Brownback Tax Experiment. WVCBP senior policy analyst Sean O'Leary kicked off the event by breaking down Governor Justice's proposed FY2022…

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February 12, 2021 by WVCBP
Gov. Justice Outlines Harmful Plan to Eliminate State Personal Income Tax During State of the State Address

The Governor's annual State of the State address took place this Wednesday evening. During the address, Governor Justice previewed a troubling plan to eliminate the income tax by increasing the sales tax, cutting services, and using one-time federal stimulus money to close the gap. Here's WVCBP executive director Kelly Allen's statement on the address: "Every good…

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February 5, 2021 by WVCBP
Broad Coalition of Organizations Calls on State Leaders to Protect Revenues, Public Services in Upcoming Legislative Session

30+ community orgs sent a letter to West Virginia's state leadership this week urging them to reject tax cuts that would take away the state’s ability to provide critical public services or that would shift tax responsibility from the wealthy and corporations onto the West Virginia families who’ve been most impacted by the pandemic. "We…

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