Tax and Budget

January 23, 2021 by WVCBP
Rick Wilson: Eliminating WV Income Tax Would be Disastrous

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Some of West Virginia’s political leaders want to abolish the state income tax. One has even said doing so would help bring 400,000 new people to live in West Virginia. Read the full article. If memory serves, some of the same people predicted that abolishing the state’s prevailing wage for workers on public…

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January 17, 2021 by Kelly Allen
Across the State

WV News - In the midst of a pandemic and an economic recession, politicians in a number of states, including West Virginia, are looking at cutting income taxes this session, panelists in a discussion hosted by the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy said Thursday. Read the full article. “It’s inexplicable to us. It’s almost…

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January 17, 2021 by Kelly Allen
W.Va. Officials Want to Cut the Income Tax, but it’s a Big Budget Challenge

West Virginia MetroNews - West Virginia’s top elected officials are aiming at phasing out the state income tax, but doing so would be a major lift. Read the full article. The personal income tax represents 43 percent of the General Fund, or $1.97 billion of the base budget this fiscal year. In other words, it…

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January 16, 2021 by WVCBP
Statehouse Beat: There GOP Goes Again on Income Taxes

Charleston Gazette-Mail - I have a sneaking suspicion that the 2021 legislative session will be known as the session where bad ideas came to roost. Read the full article. The worst of those ideas already has resurfaced: Phasing out the state personal income tax. As a panel of budget and policy experts assembled by the…

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January 6, 2021 by Quenton King
Overcrowded and Overburdened: West Virginia Counties Struggle to Pay Regional Jail Bills

Introduction Because county governments must ultimately pay the costs associated with keeping people behind bars in their local jails, the explosion of county jail incarceration is driving enormous and growing pressure on county budgets. County spending on jails is rising, and the amount billed to counties by the Regional Jail Authority is rising even more…

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December 17, 2020 by Sean O'Leary
School Enrollment is Falling During the Pandemic, Which May Lead to Budget Cuts

Statewide enrollment in West Virginia's public schools fell by 9,300 students this past year, as states across the country are seeing declining school enrollment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Declining enrollment could mean budget cuts for school districts, even as schools struggle with the extra costs of improving remote learning offerings and adopting safety procedures…

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December 15, 2020 by WVCBP
New Brief Highlights How Tax and Budget Cuts in the Wake of COVID-19 Will Slow WV’s Recovery and Harm Working Families

For Immediate Release: December 15, 2020Contact: Renee Alves, 559-916-5939 Charleston, WV - With West Virginia still feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic recession, the state’s leaders face difficult choices in the upcoming legislative session. The choices legislators make will help determine whether or not the state will have a swift and equitable recovery with an economy…

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