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Legislature Update (as of March 17)

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The 83rd legislative session started on February 8, with Governor Jim Justice proposing $450 million in tax increases and about $26 million in budget cuts.  The primary tax increase would be 0.2 percent on gross receipts on businesses; this would raise approximately $215 million.  Other increases include the toll charge on the West Virginia Turnpike, eliminating tax exemptions for professional services, and raising the consumer sales tax by ½ percent.  Additional money would be raised by adding 10 cents per gallon tax on gasoline and increased DMV fees.


Governor Justice said failure to implement tax increases would require elimination of the Promise Scholarship Program, and funding for most state colleges, senior services, public libraries, and other programs.  The current budget year problems would be fixed with withdrawal of $125 million from the Rainy Day Fund.


Certainly many important decisions face our elected leaders.  Governor Justice also wants to raise $225 million for infrastructure improvements to be leveraged as bonds.  Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson Co.) has been named as President of the Senate, and Tim Armstead (R-Kanawha Co.) as Speaker of the House.  Major and Minor Committee assignments have been made, and leadership/chair positions include the following appointments:


West Virginia Senate

West Virginia House of Delegates

All bills introduced may be found at www.legis.state.wv.us.



 

 


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