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Tax official: Pipeline construction fueling WV revenue boom set to wrap up in 2019

By PHIL KABLER

Charleston Gazette-Mail

Rows of pipes are stockpiled off U.S. 19, near the Raleigh-Fayette county line.
(Gazette-Mail photo by F. Brian Ferguson)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With West Virginia in its eighth straight month of positive revenue reports, including double-digit growth in income tax and sales tax collection, Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow provided a bit of a reality check to members of a Finance legislative interim committee Monday.

In response to a question from Delegate Jim Butler, R-Mason, about possible warning signs in the otherwise rosy revenue outlook, Muchow said that more than $4 billion in natural gas pipeline construction projects currently underway statewide are helping fuel the economic upturn.

Those projects are scheduled to be finished late in 2019, at which point Muchow said there will be a measurable drop in economic activity in the state.

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