WVCBP in the News

May 17, 2019 by Seth DiStefano
Center on Budget and Policy Touts State Earned Income Tax Credit

Beckley Register-Herald - In the U.S. today, 29 states have an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program designed to put cash back in the pockets of low-income families. With 23 percent of its workforce toiling in poverty wage jobs, West Virginia is not among those states. Read article. That’s a situation that the West Virginia Center…

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May 13, 2019 by Seth DiStefano
Rockwool Could Get Fed’l. Tax Break Meant for Depressed Areas

Public News Service - The controversial Rockwool heavy-industry project could get a big federal tax break designed for poor areas - despite being in one of West Virginia's richest counties. Read article. The Rockwool proposal for an insulation-manufacturing plant has drawn intense opposition from critics, who say it would bring industrial pollution to Jefferson County,…

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May 8, 2019 by WVCBP
Rick Wilson: New Law Will Reduce Deaths from Childbirth in WV

Charleston Gazette - There were some rough and embarrassing moments in the last legislative session, but some good things came out of it. Read full op-ed. One that surprised me was the passage of Senate Bill 564, which raised the Medicaid eligibility threshold for pregnant women to 300 percent above the federal poverty level. The…

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April 18, 2019 by WVCBP
Companies Tout Economic Benefit of Gas Drilling While Seeking Tax Breaks

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Earlier this year, at a legislative breakfast in Charleston, representatives from two of West Virginia’s natural gas associations spoke about the economic benefits of the industry. Read full article. The state was prospering thanks to the oil and gas industry, said Charlie Burd, executive director of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of…

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March 27, 2019 by WVCBP
Justice Signs Bill Lowering Coal Severance Tax

WV Metro News - In front of West Virginia coal miners, Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill lowering severance taxes on thermal or steam coal in West Virginia from five percent to three percent. Read full article. Justice had a signing ceremony Wednesday at the Harrison County Coal Company’s Harrison County Mine in Mannington, signing into…

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March 25, 2019 by WVCBP
Exemption for Seniors Likely Next Tax Season

Beckley Register-Herald - A bill to exempt Social Security income from state personal income tax will likely take effect next tax filing season – in the 2019 tax year. Read full article. House Bill 2001, sponsored by Del. Jason Harshbarger, R-Ritchie, passed during the legislative session, which ended March 9, and was sent to the governor…

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March 8, 2019 by WVCBP
Bill Expanding Medicaid for Pregnant Women Passes in House

Charleston Gazette-Mail - The House of Delegates on Friday passed a bill expanding health care coverage to low-income pregnant women. Read full article. Senate Bill 546 passed in the House with a 97-3 vote. Delegates Tom Fast, R-Fayette; Pat McGeehan, R-Hancock; and Marshall Wilson, R- Berkeley, voted against the bill. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tom…

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March 7, 2019 by WVCBP
Senate Finance Advances Coal Severance Tax Cut, Despite Doubts of its Effectiveness

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Despite a surfeit of testimony indicating that a cut in the severance tax on steam coal will not have significant impact in making West Virginia coal price competitive with other states or with natural gas, the Senate Finance Committee advanced legislation to phase down the tax from 5 percent to 3 percent over…

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March 6, 2019 by WVCBP
Senate Finance Passes 3-Year Steam Coal Tax Cut

West Virginia Metro News, Morgantown Dominion-Post - The Senate Finance Committee approved a stretched-out, slowed-down version of the bill to reduce the severance tax on steam coal from 5 percent to 3 percent. Read full article. The committee also approved one of the two House bills aimed at gathering money to cap orphaned oil and gas…

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