Opinion

A boost for health and learning

A Gazette editorial from the Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Sen. Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, has devised an excellent plan to help West Virginia in multiple ways. He wants to raise the state cigarette tax — which would deter Mountain State teens from becoming hooked on life-destroying nicotine. He would use $100 million revenue from the tax to strengthen programs against addiction, and to make community college free for many West Virginia youths.

This is a win-win-win proposal that should draw support in the next legislative session. Especially, putting more youths into education programs beyond high school is crucial for the state.

Republicans in the Legislature think they can draw more business to West Virginia by showering ever-larger tax giveaways on corporations. But state Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette says the process isn’t so simple…

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