Tax and Budget

January 6, 2023 by Sean O'Leary
Budget Surplus in West Virginia Prompts Governor to Promote Tax Breaks

Wall Street Journal - Pointing to a record budget surplus, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said he plans to announce a major tax cut next week, joining a number of governors from both parties entering the New Year with state surpluses and big plans for tax cuts or new spending. Read the full article.

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January 6, 2023 by Kelly Allen
Kelly Allen: What’s Up With WV’s Supposed Budget Surplus? (Opinion)

Charleston Gazette-Mail - What’s going on in West Virginia? Month after month, we see news releases from Gov. Jim Justice and other elected officials touting historic revenue surpluses, sending the impression that West Virginia’s economy is thriving and that the state has more tax revenue than it knows what to do with. Read the full…

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January 6, 2023 by Seth DiStefano
Budget Center: State’s Surplus is ‘A Mirage’

Mineral County News and Tribune - West Virginia’s record budget surplus may not been what it seems, according to the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. Read the full article. In fact, Seth DiStefano of the WVCBP called the surplus “a mirage” when he spoke to a small group of Mineral County residents during…

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January 6, 2023 by Seth DiStefano
West Virginia’s Surplus is Misleading, State Budget Center Says

Cumberland Times-News - The record surplus touted by state leadership isn’t all that it seems, Seth DiStefano of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy told a group of citizens at the Mineral County Courthouse on Wednesday evening. Read the full article. DiStefano, who previously visited the courthouse in October for a presentation on…

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January 5, 2023 by Sean O'Leary
Slowing Tax Revenues Should Urge Caution for Those Using Them to Justify Tax Cuts

Governor Justice has once again touted the state's so-called "surplus" as reason to pursue more tax cuts favoring the wealthy. But make no mistake, the state's surplus isn't a sign of uncharacteristically strong revenue growth, or a sign that the state's needs are all being met. Instead, the surplus has been largely manufactured by artificially…

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January 5, 2023 by Kelly Allen
Fight Looms Over Possible Tax Cuts in West Virginia

WOWK TV - When the West Virginia Legislature convenes next week, one of the biggest battles will be over tax cuts. Read the full article. West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has already said he will propose the largest tax cut in state history, but did not give specifics. The state’s budget surplus is nearly $1…

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January 3, 2023 by Seth DiStefano
Wednesday Meeting to Look at West Virginia’s Budget Surplus

West Virginia News - An informational public meeting on West Virginia’s budget surplus has been scheduled in Mineral County for Wednesday, Jan. 4, by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. Read the full article. With Gov. Jim Justice reporting a $1.3 billion budget surplus for 2022, the WV Center on Budget & Policy,…

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January 2, 2023 by Seth DiStefano
Tuesday Town Meeting on State Budget in Berkeley Springs

Morgan County USA - A town hall meeting to discuss the West Virginia budget surplus will be held tomorrow night, Tuesday January 3, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. at the Morgan County Courthouse in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Read the full article. The meeting is hosted by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy Priorities…

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December 20, 2022 by WVCBP
WV Budget Surplus Meeting Set for Early January

Morgan Messenger - A public forum on West Virginia’s budget surplus, hosted by a non-profit economic analysis group, is scheduled for Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. at the Morgan County Courthouse Commission Room. Read the full article. At the December 6 Bath Town Council meeting, Streetscape committee member, Rebecca MacLeod asked the council…

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