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August 11, 2022

Kelly Allen: Invest in WV, Instead of Cutting Taxes (Opinion) 

Charleston Gazette-Mail – The West Virginia Legislature’s special session (temporarily) ended last month after the two chambers and the governor failed to agree on which tax cut was the best to prioritize with the state’s historic — and notably fleeting — surplus money.

Read the full op-ed.

While there was much debate during the session, there was alarmingly little discussion of how insignificantly either income tax cuts or property tax cuts would benefit the average West Virginia family.

Income tax cuts overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy — that’s simply what they are intended to do. Under the income tax cut plan proposed by Gov. Jim Justice and passed by the House of Delegates last month, the wealthiest 20% of households would receive a whopping 62% of the tax cut. The average West Virginia household would see just $2.30 a week — not even enough to buy a gallon of gas.

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