Tax and Budget

March 2, 2021 by Kelly Allen, Sean O'Leary
With Significant Tax Reform on the Table, Lawmakers Lack Complete Picture of WV’s Future Budget Needs

It’s now been almost four months since Governor Justice announced that his top priority for the 2021 West Virginia legislative session would be eliminating the personal income tax. But despite the time elapsed, we’ve yet to see a plan put to paper. That’s likely because it’s really difficult to eliminate the state’s largest source of…

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February 22, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
Debate to Repeal Personal Income Tax in West Virginia Continues

WOWK TV, Tax News Daily - West Virginia Governor Jim Justice held virtual a town hall Monday afternoon to discuss his proposal to repeal the state’s personal income tax. Read the full article. “Well I’ve outlined it a bunch of times and everything. We need our natural resources partners to help out just a little…

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February 21, 2021 by WVCBP
Cutting State Income Tax Will Only Hurt the Poor

Times West Virginian - In fiscal year 2019, West Virginia’s state income tax brought in $2.09 billion to state coffers to fund nearly half of the state’s services needed to provide a decent quality of life in the Mountain State. Read the full article. Now, Gov. Jim Justice and the Republican supermajority are bent on…

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February 17, 2021 by Sean O'Leary
2021 Budget Breakfast

At our 2021 Budget Breakfast on February 17, WVCBP senior policy analyst Sean O'Leary provided analysis of the Governor's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2022. You can download Sean's budget analysis PowerPoint presentation here.

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February 15, 2021 by Kelly Allen
Several Bills Being Considered that Could have Sweeping Impacts on Public Education Funding

The West Virginia legislative session began on Wednesday, February 10 and legislators have wasted no time rolling out their priority bills. Several bills with major fiscal impacts are being moved quickly, raising worries of whether lawmakers have had adequate time to thoroughly consider individual bills — much less to consider how the interaction of numerous…

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February 12, 2021 by WVCBP
Fred Albert: Justice’s ‘Paradise’ Not the WV Children Deserve (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail, Huntington Herald-Dispatch - The COVID-19 pandemic is a war we’re finally starting to win, at great cost. Read the full op-ed. After such wars, good governments step in with bold ideas and concrete programs to help heal and rebuild. Think of Britain’s “Homes Fit for Heroes” after World War I and America’s G.I.…

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February 11, 2021 by Kelly Allen
Legislators may Assert More Authority over Federal Emergency Appropriations

West Virginia MetroNews - A first bill aimed at refining the governor’s emergency powers is headed for a vote in the House of Delegates. Read the full article. For months, lawmakers have been watching Gov. Jim Justice’s use of CARES Act relief funding. West Virginia received $1.25 billion in federal relief, and Gov. Jim Justice…

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