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Opinion: WV Center on Budget, Policy says GOP tax plan offers nothing to most West Virginians

Plan paves way for cuts to education, health care, other key programs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Following the release of the House Republicans’ new tax proposal, Ted Boettner Executive Director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy released the following statement:

“The House GOP tax plan released yesterday is an expensive new giveaway to wealthy households and major corporations at the expense of low-and middle-income families. It offers nothing to most West Virginians and would actually hurt many low- and middle-income families.

“The plan will add at least $1.5 trillion in debt – and to pay for it, some Republicans in Congress have made clear they will try next year to cut everything from nutrition assistance for struggling families to education and health care. Worse still, by eliminating the state income tax deduction and shifting new costs to states, the plan would put more pressure on West Virginia’s budget, likely causing even more cuts to education, health care, and other programs West Virginians count on.
“Senators Capito and Manchin should reject the House GOP tax bill. Instead of tax cuts that help those who need it the least, West Virginia’s congressional delegation should work to advance tax policies that invest in working families while ensuring that tax cuts are paid for by closing tax loopholes or other responsible tax changes.”
The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy is a public policy research organization that is nonpartisan, nonprofit, and statewide. The Center focuses on how policy decisions affect all West Virginians, especially low- and moderate-income families.

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