Budget Beat

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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January 29, 2021 by WVCBP
How Do You Pay for a $2.1 Billion Tax Cut?

We’ve covered Governor Justice’s and legislative leadership’s goal of eliminating the state’s personal income tax from several angles over the past few weeks, showing that states without income taxes aren’t growing any faster than states with the highest income taxes, that eliminating the income tax would overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy, and that replacing the income tax with…

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January 22, 2021 by WVCBP
Criminal Justice Priorities for the 2021 Legislative Session

Feb. 10 marks the beginning of West Virginia’s 85th Legislature, and with this session lawmakers will have the opportunity to build upon their 2020 criminal justice reform efforts. The following are WVCBP's criminal justice priorities for 2021:- Immediately Protect Incarcerated People & Correctional Facility Staff Amid COVID-19 - Pursue Robust Sentencing Reform - Enhance Transparency in…

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December 18, 2020 by WVCBP
The Case Against Austerity: Why Protecting Investments in West Virginia Families and Communities is Key to COVID-19 Recovery

As Gov. Justice and legislative leaders signal desire to implement new tax cuts during the upcoming legislative session, our new issue brief explains how such cuts would harm West Virginia's economic recovery and benefit the wealthy at the expense of all others. Decades of research and West Virginia’s own experience show that cutting taxes will lead to…

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December 4, 2020 by WVCBP
Major CARES Act Provisions Will Expire at the End of the Year Without Action from Congress

In March, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which established several programs that have since proved critical for stabilizing the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act’s remaining provisions will expire on December 31, leaving Americans anxiously awaiting Congress’s next economic relief package. But with no precise congressional…

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