Editorial: Tax reform is necessary; timing is everything

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail, Daily-Mail editorial page: To his credit, Senate President Mitch Carmichael has focused like a laser beam on the idea of reducing the state income tax. Good for him. It will be even better for West Virginia if he can make it happen. The love Carmichael, R-Jackson, and many[Read More…]

New WV House revenue bill would call for budget cuts

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In the latest chapter of the legislative budget impasse, the West Virginia House Finance Committee on Thursday advanced a new revenue plan that does not increase the state sales tax, does not lower income tax rates — and does not raise enough[Read More…]

House Finance finishes overview of Parkways Authority Bill

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — House Finance wrapped up its overview of HB 103, the Parkways Authority bill, Thursday morning — to provide the fodder to rewrite the bill. Most of the questioning focused on the governor’s plan to offer all West Virginians a flat $8[Read More…]

Support for WV budget proposal seems to be slipping away

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail Lawmakers moved closer Wednesday to taking a second hiatus from the special legislative session on the 2017-18 West Virginia budget, as support for a Gov. Jim Justice/Senate compromise revenue plan continued to unravel on the session’s fifth day. Despite a pep talk Tuesday from Justice[Read More…]

West Virginia senators head home without budget deal

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — West Virginia Senate members recessed from a special legislative session in Charleston and went home Wednesday after the House again failed to take up any legislation pertaining to West Virginia’s 2018 budget. Wednesday marked the third day this week[Read More…]

Justice begs House to pass a budget; Senate waits

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Any lingering optimism for a quick and easy legislative session to establish a budget for the state of West Virginia for 2018 was fading in the West Virginia Capitol on Wednesday. Wednesday was the fifth day of a special session of the 83rd[Read More…]

Committee members express concerns with Parkways bill

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Legislators continued to question two of the governor’s roads measures, spending most of their time Wednesday debating a bill dealing with the West Virginia Parkways Authority. In a meeting of the House Committee on Finance, members discussed House Bill 102, which will[Read More…]

Nelson supports historic building tax credit increase

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An increase in the tax credit rate for restoring historical buildings in West Virginia so far has survived the West Virginia Senate. In the House of Delegates, Finance Committee Chairman Eric Nelson said Monday he was supportive of increasing the tax credit rate[Read More…]

WV budget battle continues, with income tax cuts the issue

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Day four of the special legislative session on the West Virginia budget was marked by a rare Senate floor speech by Gov. Jim Justice. The speech was intended to garner support for a Justice/Senate compromise plan that would raise sales taxes but[Read More…]

Justice pushes Senate on budget

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice took to the Senate floor Tuesday to rally Senate members on the merits of a tax reform plan he achieved with Senate leadership — a measure central to their plans for a 2018 state[Read More…]

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